Can Acupuncture Help Heel and Foot Pain?

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Apr 19, 2014 3:00:00 PM

foot_pain_acupunctureHeel pain is just that – painful! It doesn’t help that you’re reminded of it each and every time you take a step. It’s often described by patients as intense pain when placing weight onto the back the heel, which indicates Achilles tendonitis, or pain on the underside of the heel, which often indicates plantar fasciitis. Achilles tendonitis occurs when the tendon that connects the back of the leg to the heel – the one you use for walking, running and jumping - becomes swollen causing pain and irritation. Plantar fasciitis involves pain and inflammation in the band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot.

Typical treatments for foot pain caused by Achilles tendonitis include over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen, physical therapy, shoe inserts to relieve strain on the tendon, and surgery in severe cases.

Typical treatments for foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis include rest, icing, anti-inflammatory medications, wearing shoes with good arch support and shock absorption, shoe inserts, stretching exercises, physical therapy, and surgery in extreme cases.

A not-so-typical treatment for foot pain caused by Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis is acupuncture. The article below discusses the success using the traditional Chinese medicine.


Posted by: Healthcare Medical Institute

New: Acupuncture Relieves Heel Pain & Plantar Fasciitis


Biomedical approaches to heel pain treatment include behavioral therapy, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroid injections, small needle knife therapy, block therapy, shockwave therapy and surgery. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) historical records document success in the treatment of heel pain using acupuncture. This new scientific investigation confirms the historical data. 

The researchers from Guangzhou Dongsheng Hospital and Guangzhou Social Welfare House examined 19 separate clinical investigations and discovered that 16 of the 19 studies made extensive use of ahshi acupuncture points to achieve optimal patient outcomes. In one investigation carried out by Xu Xuemeng et al., 66 patients were randomly divided into an acupuncture group and a control group. The acupuncture group received filiform acupuncture needle method treatment and the control group received triamcinolone acetonide acetate injections and local blocking therapy. The results were assessed six months following the treatment. The acupuncture group achieved an effective rate of 97% and the drug therapy group had a 76% effective rate.

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If you’re experiencing foot pain caused by Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, or other common foot problems, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare below for a free consultation. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.


Topics: foot pain