When you step out of bed in the morning, the pain may be excruciating and you may not be sure how you are going to hobble over to the bathroom. As you move around, the pain in your heel will feel better, but it doesn’t go away, especially after periods off inactivity.
This foot problem is a perfect illustration of the effectiveness of Acupuncture on muscular-related problems. Moreover, the idea that the problem is not where you feel the pain but instead significantly distant from the problem. In this case, the pain is in the bottom of the foot, and the trigger for the pain is about 12 inches away in the mid-calf muscle.
If you look at an anatomy chart, you will see that the powerful calf muscles attach to the Achilles tendon which in turn attaches to the bottom of the foot …”the toe bone is connected to the foot bone, the foot bone is connected to the ankle bone”. The tightness in the calf pulls on the tendon and the pain is transferred to the bottom of the foot in front of the heel.
I recently video taped a treatment on a patients’ calf for Plantar Fasciitis. Note the involuntary twitching caused by my probing of the tight muscles in the mid-calf. this twitching is causing the muscle to tire and release its’ tension and thus the pain in the foot.