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Acupuncture for heel and foot pain from plantar fasciitis by Richard Collisson


Heel or foot pain from plantar fasciitis is a very common problem that can occur at any age, usually occuring after trauma to the foot and so typically only affects one foot , but can occur on both feet at the same time.

The plantar fascia is an extension of the Achilles tendon which runs under the heel then spreads out across the sole of the foot and inserts into the base of the toes. Its function is to provide shock absorption on the sole of the foot as well as to lift the arch of the foot when walking.

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia which causes pain under the heel or in the instep which is usually worst either first thing in the morning when one gets up or after a period of non-weight bearing rest and one puts weight on the foot.  The pain will often initially ease with movement, but after a while overuse will aggravate it too. 

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Ice vs Heat for Pain Relief by James Birkett – Practising Osteopath at the Health Zone Clinic in Wimbledon

ice vs heat for pain reliefWhen in pain, the first reaction of many of us will be to reach for a hot water bottle to provide relief, however often applying ice can be more beneficial. 

Applying heat can be useful when treating aches caused by chronically tightened and tired muscles as it increases the blood flow to the muscles, increasing the supply of nutrients and oxygen and getting them to relax. The problem with applying heat comes when the problem is not with the muscles, but with a deeper joint. 

If a joint becomes damaged or overworked, the body’s reaction is to increase blood flow to it in order to help start the healing process. This makes the area red, hot and swollen, a process which we refer to as inflammation.

 In order to protect the inflamed joint the body will tighten muscles which cross the joint, like a splint, so as to try and prevent movement which could further irritate the joint. 

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