Heel Pain/Plantar Fasciitis - A Chinese Medicine Perspective
What is Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
Plantar heel pain syndrome (PHPS), also known as plantar fasciitis, affects millions of people worldwide. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia) .
How Does Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) view Heal Pain
The sole of the foot is where the Kidney Channel emerges near to ball of the front of the foot. It runs along the centre of the sole toward the back (heel) of the foot. When this channel is blocked by stagnation of Qi & blood (e.g. inflammation) the pain that is experienced is a sharp stabbing pain. Moving the sole of the foot will relieve the pain, once the qi & blood is moving sufficiently through the channel.
Heel pain/plantar fasciitis is hard to treat, because we kind of need to walk around and stand up on our feet. This tends to draw out the recovery time and any form of treatment will take time. Acupuncture has been show to be highly effective for plantar fasciitis , however, there is a need for more frequent treatment than other conditions and the duration of the treatments will take more time. This is simply due to the fact that we are on our feet a lot.
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What You Can Do to Help Yourself
Hot/Cold/Hot foot baths – get two buckets that are large enough to submerge your foot up to above the ankle bone. (i) fill one bucket with hot water, but not too hot so you burn yourself. (ii) fill the second bucket with cold water (as cold as you can stand). Then put your foot into the hot-water bucket first for about 30 sec. followed immediately by putting your foot into the cold water – also for 30 sec. then, once again into the hot water bucket, again for 30 sec. That’s it. Do this every day. What this will do is increase the blood flow to the foot which will help reduce the inflammation.
Plantar stretches – This very short video will show you how to do the stretch:
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- Thiagarajah A. G. (2017). How effective is acupuncture for reducing pain due to plantar fasciitis?. Singapore medical journal, 58(2), 92–97. https://doi.org/10.11622/smedj.2016143