Heel Pain

Heel Pain:

Heel pain is an extremely common complaint, and there are several common causes. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms so that appropriate treatment can be directed at the cause.

Four main kinds of heel pain:

1. Heel pain getting worse when standing or walking. But the heel not red, swollen and hot. Traditional Chinese Medicine thinks it may be caused by kidney deficiency.

2. Plantar fasciitis is the most common condition that causes heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is due to irritation and inflammation of the tight tissue that forms the arch of the foot. Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include heel pain with prolonged walking and standing.

3. A spur is commonly associated with plantar fasciitis. This problem is most commonly seen in patients who have long standing heel pain due to plantar fasciitis. A heel spur is a calcium deposit on the calcaneus or heel bone. heel spur may grow on one or two sides of the heel. The size of the spur can be long big or short small. But it does not decide the pain level. The short small spur may have the severe pain, and the long big spur may have no symptom.

4. Heel get pressure or is attacked by wind and cold lead to the inflammation of heel fat fiber pad or tendonitis. It characters that heel is tender and swollen. If the inflammation reaches to heel bone, periosteum or bursa, the deeper tender may be felt.

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Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Treatment for Heel pain:

Acupuncture is one of the effective therapies to relief the heel pain. Acupuncture not only unblocks the meridians that are Chi (vita energy) channel, but also improve the local blood circulation and strengthen the muscle and tendon. If heel pain is deficient pattern, Chinese herbs may be combined to gain better result. Combining Chinese herbs and acupuncture, lifestyle adjustments and limiting the amount of time standing can provide long lasting relief from heel and foot pain. Yet often people compensate for the heel pain by walking differently and changing their posture. This leads to pain in other parts of the body such as the legs, hips and lower back. Acupuncture treatments can help re-balance the body by releasing tension in all related parts of the body while focusing on the source of the problem of the feet.