Plantar fasciitis can be debilitating. Can you imagine not being able to walk, planning vacations around minimizing walking, not being able to run and play with your kids? Well if you suffer from this ailment, you don’t have to imagine, you know all too well. It typically strikes people between 40 and 60 years old but can happen at any age and is twice as likely to affect women. So, what can you do. Well the best medicine is rest. With enough rest it will heal itself but who can stay off their feet for a few months! Common western approaches to the problem include NSAIDs to relive pain and reduce inflammation along with orthotics. While I believe orthotics can be helpful reliance on NSAIDs can bring its own problems. There are exercises that can help but this can exacerbate the problem in some people. What if I told you there was a safe, natural, effective way of not only relieving the pain but also reducing inflammation and helping the healing process along. Well if you guessed acupuncture and Chinese herbs, you win the prize.
Acupuncture, often in conjunction with herbal foot baths and formulas that are taken internally, has demonstrated effectiveness in clinical trials in treating plantar fasciitis. The best results are seen with those who seek out help as soon as they start feeling a problem or are diagnosed early on. If the pain is ignored for months or even years, outcomes are not as good and longer treatment plans are required.
You don’t notice your feet very much until you can’t use them! If you are suffering from this problem, or know someone who is, sign up for our 30-minute consultation and we can go over your specific situation so that we can give you an idea what it will take to “get you on your feet again”!
Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!