The first few steps of the day will typically include pain in the bottom of the foot. Limping is typical.
This foot problem is a perfect illustration of the effectiveness of Acupuncture on muscular-related problems. Moreover, this case also illustrates the common misconception that the problem is always where you feel the pain. This type of referred pain problem 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 achilies tendon which in turn attach to the heel and the heel to the muscles across the arch of the foot. The tightness in the calf is pulling on the achilies tendon and then, through the heel to the foot muscles and causing this painful condition. Acupuncture relaxes the calf muscle.
I recently video taped a treatment on a patients’ calf for Plantar Fasciitis. This patient is a runner from Piscataway NJ. 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. Relief was immediate. The fasciitis cleared in about 3 weeks.