Types of Foot injuries
Pain in the foot can have many different causes, stemming from poor footwear to even being caused by menopause. Below are the most common causes of foot pain I treat:
- Heel Spurs
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Inflamed ligaments
All of these above injuries can cause sharp pains and difficulty walking if left untreated. This is why I encourage all my clients to come in for Acupuncture as soon as they begin experiencing foot or heel pain. The danger is, because we are always on our feet, that the tissue becomes chronically inflamed.
Causes of Foot and Heel Pain
There can be many causes for developing Plantar Fasciitis and heel pain. Commonly in women it is caused by footwear which though fashionable, does not provide good support for your feet. In men its often causing by walking in flip-flops, which again provide no support for your arches or feet.
Sporting injuries from doing too much running or walking can cause the padding in the heel to become inflamed. If this inflammation goes on for too long, calcifications can develop on the heel bone causing painful spurs.
Menopause is a common cause for heel pain in middle aged women due the deficiency of yin causing the hot flushing. The lower body is considered yin, and therefore the most yin point (the foot) can become inflamed.
How I treat Heel and Foot Pain with Acupuncture
With my unique Acupuncture technique, I not only target the local pain you are experiencing, but also investigate the root cause and treat this also. Often there are issues involving the entire leg which manifest in the heel pain you are experiencing. Your stress levels and emotional state can also play a large role in painful feet and heels. These are all factors we will discuss during your initial consultation when you make a booking. Acupuncture has been shown to be a safe and effective treatment for heel pain and plantar fasciitis.
Preventing and Managing Foot/Heel Pain
The most common cause I see is poor footwear. Sadly fashionable footwear is rarely good for your feet. This type of footwear can be worn, but not for long periods nor should large amounts of walking be done in them. Flip-flops are another classic example. There are many manufacturers now, like Teva, who make the classic flip-flop with proper soles and arch support. There are similar advances in women’s footwear also. The lack of support puts excess strain on the tissue and ligament in your feet, which can go unnoticed until they become severely inflamed.
Soaking your sore feet in warm water with epsom salts can also help reduce pain and inflammation. Remember, from the moment you wake up, until you go to sleep, you are on your feet. So its important you look after them. For this reason also, if you are experiencing foot or heel pain, you should call me on 0403 830 872 or book an appointment online so I can assist you in easing your pain and restoring the health of your feet.