Acupuncture Could Help Treat Heel Pain, Study Finds

heel-painScientists at Guangzhou Dongsheng Hospital, in combination with Guangzhou Social Welfare House, recently published a study that suggests acupuncture might be beneficial for the treatment of heel pain in those suffering from conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.

Researcher Xu Xuemeng and his team produced an experiment consisting of two groups; one control while the other was given acupuncture. In total, there were sixty-six patients suffering a variety of heel pain. The control group was treated conventionally through drugs while the other received filiform acupuncture and needle treatment.

The results, they found, overwhelmingly conclude that the acupuncture group had an effective rating of almost 97% versus the 76% of conventional drugs.

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. If your heel is hurting, see podiatrist Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, DPM of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield can treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

Causes of Heel Pain

• Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

• Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

• Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
- Wearing non-supportive shoes
- Weight change           
- Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Havertown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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