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Plantar Fasciitis Indicates Soleus

By Sara Calabro

Barefoot running is all the rage. Although barefoot running dates back to the earliest of times, its modern popularity is attributed to the 2009 publication of Born to Run. The book focuses on a Mexican tribe that runs for miles, through treacherous terrain, in just thin sandals.

In the process of chronicling the tribe’s adventures, author Christopher McDougall discovers that barefoot running cures his chronic plantar fasciitis. But or runners who are still partial to shoes—or those who have tried barefoot running to no avail—acupuncture can be very effective for wiping out what McDougall calls “the vampire bite of running injuries.”

Plantar Fasciitis from an Acupuncture Perspective

Acupuncturists view plantar fasciitis in context of the patient’s overall presentation.

Is the injury chronic or acute? Is the foot hot or cold to the touch? What about the abdomen? (Yes, the abdomen.) Has the patient been getting a lot of headaches lately? Has she been getting her period regularly? How is her digestion? Is she sleeping well?

Answers to these questions and others can contribute to plantar fasciitis.

Once an acupuncturist has determined a constitutional treatment (to support some of those seemingly extraneous things like headaches and digestion), he might check for trigger points in the soleus muscle.

The most common trigger point (TrP) in this muscle, labeled TrP1 in the picture, refers pain to the back and bottom of the heel and also to the Achilles tendon. (The soleus also is a common culprit in cases of Achilles tendinitis.) As the picture shows, there also may be spillover pain around the actual trigger point and the instep of the foot.

Releasing trigger points with acupuncture can cause a muscle-twitch sensation followed by pain relief or decrease in muscle tension in the calf area. It’s normal for the muscle to feel sore after treatment, usually for no more than 24-48 hours.

In addition to the signature heel pain of plantar fasciitis, trigger points in the soleus also can cause pain higher up on the leg. In this case, an acupuncturist might suspect TrP2.

Finally, TrP3, located up and lateral to the more common TrP1, can refer pain to the sacroiliac joint on the same side (not shown in the picture). Janet Travell, in her seminal work Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, says that TrP3 in rare cases can also refer pain to the jaw.

Barefoot running may prove helpful for many runners. But for cases of plantar fasciitis that don’t resolve simply by kicking off the shoes, acupuncture looks beyond the feet to uncover the underlying problem.

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Bianca
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Thanks for the great article on this! In my clinical experience as both a Physical Therapist and Acupuncturist, I have noticed that plantar fascitis is typically the “symptom” and rarely ever the root of the problem. The foot, from a biomechanical look, is a structure of small bones, two taut arches (1 horizontal and 1 vertical) and alot of small ligaments which strap them all together. There is very small surface area that actually touch the ground. The foot however wont be able to move without its musculotendinous attachments! Yes, there are deep intrinsic foot muscles that can help with dexterity but the larger muscles that act on the foot are often the most problematic. The soleus muscle is the primary deep calf muscle that gives us our vertical leap. Slow down the leap to just pushing off the ball of the foot (like walking up a step or performing heel raises in the gym) and this activates the superficial calf muscle, the gastrocnemius but also the soleus. If someone has an imbalance in the musculature of their lower limb this could cause structural changes like: dropped or raised arches, bunions, genu valgum/varum, hip malalignments, pelvic obliquities, lumbar instabilities, even cervical issues.
This is why it is imperative to look at the fascial changes above the actual foot symptom. In my Acupuncture clinical experience, 2-3 visits of treating the muscles in the chain (see “Anatomy Trains”) can relieve most if not all the symptoms of plantar fascitis! Now that is economical and efficient!!! Here’s my website: http://www.sacredspaceacupuncture.com

James Chong
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E² Acupuncture Science
Any skeletal muscle pain can be easily cured by Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture.

For 4,610 years (2600BC), Yellow Explorer’s time. Until now acupuncturist continues this ancient TCM practice to eliminating all diseases (trying). All the main hospitals of China use this to treat most patients as busy as KFC fast food.

Acupuncture treatment will has needling sensation effect for first few days. This called “DE Qi/Chi” (Arrival of Oxy’Blood—needling sensation). it must be achieved so that Yin & Yang(Negative and Positive energy) can be balanced and body’s immune system has strengthens, else diseases can’t be eliminated. The fundamental manipulating techniques are Lifting and thrusting & Twirling or rotating. TCM Acupuncture therapeutic works and easily cures muscular pain if apply correctly.

Beside sciatica(more trials needed), all others skeletal muscle pains are not recorded in TCM text therefore no “Acupoints(???)” can be provided to any acupuncturist as that they need to advancing the practice and pick the right AcuPoints.

Be respectful, Acupuncture is not a device or voodoo magic, it does not release any things (certainly not endorphins, inflammation, etc, ..) or anti-inflammatory agents. Please do not mislead. It is a marvelous 4,610+ years old, micro surgical tool, etc, .

“An acupuncture is bad science”. not much can be expected in 4,610 years ago, good science & resources only available from 1850AD such great scientists: Heinrich Hertz (1887) & Albert Einstein (1905).
Since 2005 E² Acupuncture has added a new chapter of modem acupuncture science. which has scientific proven, formulated, verified and even dispelling the amount of excessive Yins/-Toxin can be calculated. Treatment uses single new save disposal and painless micro-needle insertion to proper “Acupoints(??)” and has no side effects, least risk mainly due to accident same as any treatments. No Lifting and thrusting & Twirling or rotating manipulating needed so that patient cans comfortably having a cup tea/coffee.

Acupuncturist must fully understood the Five Elements(五行), Five Changes(五变) and Five Shu/Transports(五输/通) Yin & Yang balance principles. if any one treated by 5 X 30 minutes in 2 weeks and has no relief by 4 weeks, please discontinues and shop around.

I have my Plantar fasciitis cured twice by my own EE Acupuncture, last cured was on march/2011 since then pain remains free and no sign of coming back. (EE: Eliminates Excessive Yins/-Toxin/Electrons)

check/click on my site (you can send to any one of my site)
https://sites.google.com/site/painfreebreakthrough/
or more help below sites
http://talk.plantar-fasciitis.org/profile/JamesChong?xg_source=profiles_memberList
http://groups.google.com/group/plantar-fasciitis-AcupCure/browse_thread/thread/708eb7de388fae5b?hl=en-GB

Sciatica update (loc: buttock & 5 inches down, 2 spots).
treated on 30th/10/2011.
12 days after and feedback:

“Been feeling the slight tenderness in the area where the needle were inserted. Felt my legs is tired but not the numbness.” (50% pain relief, 100% no numbness)

5 weeks Later (email on 4th/11/2011):
“Seems to be fine, slight tenderness but definitely better than before” (now 90% cure)

why pain relief if it can be so easily cured.
and the cost of curing it is so much less then a pair of PF shoes and not to mention others, .

cheers
James

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