Plantar fasciitis, also known as Plantar Heel Pain, is a painful inflammatory process of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue or ligament on the bottom surface of the foot. It is often caused by overuse of the plantar fascia, increases in activities, weight or age. It is a very common condition.
The following is a YouTube video by Dr. Julia Overstreet, a doctor of podiatrist. This video provides helpful information for people to understand the causes, diagnosis and treatment protocols of plantar fasciitis based on conventional medicine.
1. What is the real reason of the pain for plantar fasciitis?
The inflammatory for the plantar fascia at its insertion into the calcaneus.
2. Do you treat calcaneal spur?
No, even though calcaneal spur is very commonly seen in plantar fasciitis patients, but because the spur is not the cause of the pain, we don’t treat the spur.
3. What are the common treatment methods in conventional medicine for plantar fasciitis?
- Stretching Exercises
- Ice Compress
- “Low Dye” Taping
- Night splints
- Steroid Injections
- Functional Orthotics
- Ultrasound Therapy
- Surgery-Releasing the Fascia
4. Why it can be difficult to treat with conventional medicine?
Most of the common treatment methods used in conventional medicine only REDUCE the inflammation temporarily, so it reoccurs frequently.
5. How does traditional acupuncture treat plantar fasciitis?
Most acupuncturists use traditional acupuncture treatment method to treat plantar fasciitis by using very fine acupuncture needles insert into some acupuncture points around the ankle area, which can help some patients, but usually not very good result.
6. How do you treat plantar fasciitis at Dragon Acupuncture clinics?
We have developed own unique acupuncture technique based our almost 30 years’ experience. Our acupuncture technique can stimulate the body’s healing system to speed up the healing process to significantly reduce and even eliminate the inflammation at the site where the plantar fascia attaches the calcaneus. We have successfully treated many patients with plantar fasciitis with long term pain relieve.
7. How many treatments are need to treat plantar fasciitis?
Everybody responses to acupuncture differently. But it usually takes 2-8 treatments, 5 treatments by average.
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