Chiropractor Chandler AZ

Acupuncture and Ankle/Foot Pain

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Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. Plantar fascia is a ligament which connects the calcaneus to the other bones of the feet. The straining of the plantar fascia results in weakness and inflammation which causes the heel to hurt when standing or walking. Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports the arch of the foot.

Continuous strain can cause tiny tears of the ligament which can lead to pain and swelling. Factors that can affect plantar fasciitis include: a person having flat feet or high arches. walking or running for long periods of time, wearing improper footwear, having tight calves and excessive pronation (rolling the foot inward when walking).

Most people with plantar fasciitis have pain when they take the first step out of bed and the pain progresses as the day goes by.

Achilles Tendinitis is caused by the overuse of the achilles tendon. The achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the calcaneus. This occurs mostly in runners due to the sudden increase in speed and distance of the runs. The pain is a mild ache in the back of the leg or above the heel after running. This is common in men. Some factors that can increase the chance of developing achilles tendonitis are wearing improper shoes, cold weather. and climbing uphill terrain.

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Acupuncture is highly effective of pain management. It produces endorphins which inhibit the sensation of pain. It also produces serotonin, which blocks the transmission of pain signals to the brain.

Treatments for both plantar fascitis and achilles tendonitis include corticosteroid injections, NSAIDs, and surgery. While these treatments may decrease pain and inflammation temporarily, there are side effects with each. Most physicians recommend a trial treatment of conservative therapy prior to surgery or injections. These nonsurgical treatments for plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonitis include Massage, Graston Technique, Chiropractic, and Physical Therapy.

The video below describes how acupuncture is performed and commonly asked questions. Many people seek acupuncture for their muscle and joint pain, it is also very effective when combined with conservative therapy and medical treatments.

Learn more about Acupuncture in our Chandler AZ Clinic. Chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy, and acupuncture can be used alone or combined to enhance many types of treatments and injuries. Many people with chronic pain find significant relief when combining these treatments.

Alpha Chiropractic and Physical Therapy provides treatment for many patients in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, and Maricopa. Most patients have never seen a clinic that combines treatments from different providers into improving your pain. Chiropractic Adjustments are enhanced with physical therapy exercises and stretches on the foot, ankle, knee, and low back.

Many patients are amazed how their muscle pain and “knots in muscles” are quickly improved with Graston Technique treatments combined with massage. Graston Technique helps break up scar tissue and enhance tendinopathy healing. Massage therapy helps decrease muscle spasms in the foot and lower leg muscles, which often contribute to developing achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.

Therapy and treatments for many types of conditions can be improved with a combination of acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy. Learn more about our unique Chandler Chiropractic Clinic.