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Acupuncture and Foot Pain – Your feet bear the weight of the entire body on a daily basis.  That’s quite a task! You may not think about your feet until they start to hurt, but when they do rest assured there’s a treatment for foot pain that works, and it’s called acupuncture.

The foot has a combination of 24 bones that work together with ligaments and tendons to allow your foot to function effectively. If something goes wrong and you start experiencing foot pain, it can be a frustrating and painful experience to say the least. At Boca Raton Acupuncture we have been effectively treating all types of foot pain for almost 15 years.

Here are some common types and symptoms of foot pain:

Plantar Fasciitis- This is a condition that causes foot pain emanating from the lower side of the heel. The plantar fascia is the thin ligament that holds the heel and the front part of the foot together to help a person walk. Since the foot is one of the most utilized parts of the body, the plantar fascia ligament is highly subjected to wear and tear, a factor that makes plantar fasciitis to be among the top orthopedic complaints.

The ligaments support the arch of the foot acting as a shock absorber. Too much pressure on the foot can cause the ligaments to get torn or ruptured.  The main signs of plantar fasciitis are stiffness on the bottom of the heel and severe pain.

Morton’s Neuroma – This is a condition that makes individuals feel pain mostly between their third and fourth toe. If you have Morton’s neuroma, you usually feel as if you are standing on a folded sock or pebbles in your shoes. Morton’s neuroma is characterized by the thickening tissues surrounding the nerves from your toes. The common signs of this type of foot injury include numbness, stinging or a burning feeling in your toe, as well as a persistent sharp pain in the ball of your foot.

Heel Spurs – This is another common cause of foot pain. Individuals with heel spurs usually have abnormal growth parallel to the ground protruding from the lower side of the heel bone. The abnormal growth may be due to wrong posture or walking style as well as wearing poorly fitted shoes. Many individuals have spurs but do not notice since they may not be hurting, but if the growths get bigger, they can be very painful making walking difficult.

Bunions – The bump-like appearance on the side of the big toe is usually referred to as a bunion. Bunions usually occur due to an anomaly of the foot bone, where the big toe tends to lean on the second toe. The bump on the toe is a result of the angle from the leaning toe. Some people have bunions which do not hurt but as time goes on the toes starts crowding and begin hurting.

Metatarsalgia – This condition is normally caused by high impact or by wearing poorly fitted shoes. Individuals with an arched foot are more likely to have metatarsalgia than people with a relatively flat foot. The major symptom of this condition is a severe pain in the ball of your foot.

Western Medical Treatments for Foot Pain

Due to the complexity of foot formation, when you visit a health center to seek treatment for foot pain a physician starts by carefully examining the foot to determine the exact condition of your foot. The doctor can have your foot X-rayed for fractures or ruptures. If you have a serious condition such as a ruptured ligament or a fractured bone, the doctor can recommend that you undergo a surgical operation for repairs.

Wraps, orthotics, ice/heat therapy and other physical therapies are often prescribed to treat many types of foot pain. There are also medications that are usually prescribed to foot pain patient to help with the pain and also reduce inflammations.

Acupuncture and Foot Pain

If you have been looking for an effective and safe way to deal with your foot pain with no success, it may be time you  consider acupuncture. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses acupuncture, a safe, effective technique used for almost 3000 years in the treatment of many types of chronic pain and other illnesses.

Acupuncture relieves pain by stimulating blood flow to specific body parts, while reducing inflammation and pain. Small, sterile needles are inserted below the skin at various points.

According to a research report published in Archives of Internal Medicine journal, acupuncture has been proven to be an effective technique in the treatment of chronic pain. This research was carried out by a group of qualified and certified medical specialists with an aim of clearing the air whether acupuncture is an effective pain treatment technique. In fact, health specialists claim that acupuncture is a safer method of treating pain than medication.

At Boca Raton Acupuncture, Dr. Landon Agoado and Dr. Matthew Enright have successfully treated many types of foot pain over the years. They are highly skilled and respected acupuncture physicians that are confident they can help you too. Get out of pain! Take advantage of their free consultations by calling today!