Heel Pain Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis or Heel Pain is inflammation of the plantar fascia and is one of the most common complaints relating to the foot. The arch of the foot is the plantar fascia; it is a very thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes.

Acupuncture Treatment:

Acupuncture is quite effective in helping to treat heel pain. People that have received acupuncture have returned to their activities the next day with little increase in discomfort. Gradually the plantar fasciitis gets better with acupuncture.


Pain at the bottom of the heel is the most common complaint; pain may also be felt at the medial (inside) arch. The pain is usually worse in the morning and after sitting for long periods of time. The heel pain gets better with walking because the plantar fascia is stretched when walking. By the end of the day the pain may be replaced by a dull ache that improves with rest. Common conventional treatment is cryotherapy on the affected area, cortisone injections, anti-inflammatory medications, stretching exercises, modification of footwear, and limiting activity.

Factors contributing to Plantar Fasciitis:

  • Flat Feet and High Arches
  • Wearing non-supportive footwear on hard and flat surfaces for long hours on your feet
  • Long distance runners
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Obesity
  • Inadequate arch support
  • Achilles tendon tightness (contracture)
  • Heel spurs can cause this condition but is not the main factor



Reference and More Information:

MedLine NIH/NLM Plantar Fasciitis

“Acupuncture Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial with Six Months Follow-Up,” Shi Ping Zhang, Tsui-Pik Yip, and Qiu-Shi Li, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2011, Article ID 154108, 10 pages, 2011. doi:10.1093/ecam/nep186

Consensus for dry needling for plantar heel pain (plantar fasciitis): a modified Delphi study

Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis) American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Copyright© 2011