Paul Murphy Acupuncturist

Plantar Fasciitis

The most common cause of heel pain that I treat is Plantar Fasciitis. This is the band of tissue that connects the toes with the heal bone. When the plantar fascia is strained or becomes irritated it will cause great pain. Tiny tears in the ligament will tend to occur more if a person has high arches or flat feet. Poor fitting shoes without the proper arch support can also contribute to foot problems.

Well known common suggestions for reducing pain are:
Reduce the activity that is causing the pain
Apply an ice pack to the affected area
Towel stretching the foot and calf muscle stretches
Heel pads and/or orthodontics to help cushion the heel
Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to mask the pain

Being able to walk and run comfortably without pain is essential for everyone. For centuries acupuncture has helped both with eliminating the pain and healing this condition. In Chinese Medicine we learn that the liver and gallbladder control tendons and that a problem with those organs will often affect the tendons anywhere in the body.

When I talk with people who have tendon issues, the treatment principal is simple. I use electro acupuncture with magnets, but not needles, in the treatment area.

One of my patients, a middle aged gentleman who loves to play golf, came in complaining about foot pain and exhibiting a limp. Upon examination, I could see that the tendons were very tight. After treating him with electro acupuncture, he reported that pain decreased after just a few treatments, and total relief from pain came after the rest of the treatments.

I have helped many people over the years with tendon problems such as Plantar Fasciitis. If you have an issue with a pain in your foot or anywhere in your body or even with a restricted golf swing please call me at 770.905.5560 for a free consultation to discuss if acupuncture may be right for you.

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