Various researches conducted on outpatients indicate that a number of them end up suffering from plantar fasciitis. It is a condition that arises from injuries or even overuse on a biomechanical level as a result of protracted standing. Essentially the damage occurs at the calcaneal enthesis as a result of microtears creation. The condition can be treated using diverse methods with diverse efficiency degrees. One of the treatment measures for this condition is the use of acupuncture.

Plantar fasciitis has been known to be clinically diagnosed in most documented cases. Due to footrests associated with standing or even sleeping, many patients tend to report pains in their heels. The condition can even get worse if the patient undergoes moments of long standing or ambulation. Examining the region around plantar calcaneal indicates that the region is experiencing some tenderness. Due to the self-limiting nature of this condition, it can only be managed by morbidity reduction instead of looking for a cure. The affected region tends to regain within a period of one year. However, most patients always go for pain relieving measure as due to the negative effect of plantar fasciitis on the individual’s day to day activities.

With the recent advancement in medical technology, numerous medical therapies that can effectively work on this condition have been developed. One of those treatments is the use of acupuncture. This method is known to be used mostly by the traditional Chinese. Acupuncture can be in the form of moxibustion, use of lasers, sham therapy, and conservative therapy among others. As some people consider other methods to treat plantar fasciitis, others consider the use of acupuncture. In this article, we will examine the effectiveness of acupuncture in reducing pain due to plantar fasciitis.

Acupuncture can be performed by passing an electric current through acupuncture needles. It can also be done using dry needles that have been sterilized. In the use of dry needles, electric current is not needed. Needling is done at the wrist cream midpoint or at the acupoint dangling on the forearm’s palmar side. The specific point is said to be the centre point for relieving various other forms of pains such as headaches, cardiac pain, chest pain, and stomachaches among others. Acupuncture can also be done between the metacarpal bones specifically between the first and second bones. The point is known to be used in general analgesia, headaches and dental pains due to its analgesic properties.

The treatment can last for a long period of time since plantar calcaneal takes a long time to recover. However, there are numerous effects associated with acupuncture. Most of the times, patients report dizziness as well as headaches while undergoing the treatment. Others report cases of mild oedema at the spot where needling was done. In some cases, some patients report a feeling of weakness or reduced strength in the legs. Other adverse effects like bruising as well as a sensation of distress in the breast area have been reported.

The process of pain relief achieved through acupuncture can be explained through anti-inflammation, diffuse noxious inhibitory control and central opioid pain control. Enough study has not yet been conducted on the pain-relieving effect of this type of therapy. However, researchers state that plantar fasciitis may lead to inflammation as well as the development of pain trigger points that may cause myofascial pain in the foot muscles. Through the use of electrical stimulation, researchers suggest that the pain trigger points can then be deactivated through acupuncture. The additive effect that arises from acupuncture with the deactivation of pain trigger points is associated with noxious stimulation relief. This can then make the CNS or the spinal cord to achieving a central sensation. Acupuncture is also associated with the activation of the body’s pain relief mechanism. Here endorphins concentration in the body is increased hence inhibiting the pain signals thus reducing the number of such signals that reach the spinal cord. However, pain relief associated with acupuncture does not last for a very long time hence the method is only fit for short-term use.

Management of pain associated with plantar fasciitis can effectively be done using acupuncture. However, this is only in the short run. Moreover, using acupuncture to manage plantar fasciitis pain, in the long run, is not an effective way. A lot of research has to be done in order to form definitive conclusions regarding the control of plantar fasciitis pain in plantar calcaneal through the use of acupuncture.

 Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *