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A recent study conducted by the Guangzhou Dongsheng Hospital and Guangzhou Social Welfare House has shown evidence that acupuncture is an effective treatment for heel pain. Xu Xuemeng of Guangzhou and his team used sixty-six participants that were experiencing some form of heel pain. Participants who compromised the control group were given pharmaceutical drugs while the remaining participants were given filiform acupuncture treatment.

After six months, it was discovered that the patients that were a part of the control group gave the drugs an effectiveness rating of 76% while the acupuncture treatment received an effectiveness rating of 97%. The study also indicated that acupuncture can be especially useful in treating plantar fasciitis as well as Achilles tendonitis.

Heel pain is a common experience in many individuals. If your heel is hurting, see podiatrist Dr. Mark Landry of Kansas. Dr. Landry will 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

Treatments

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 feel free to contact one of our offices located in Overland Park, KS. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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