Acupuncture and Plantar Fasciitis

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Had this problem for about four months...has anyone had the problem solved by acupuncture? Had my first treatment today along with acupressure massage which they done on the base of my spine. At the moment my lower spine is so painful which it wasn't before and the person said i will need 10 treatments over a 5 week period. Just wondering if I'm going to be throwing money away for something that hasn't worked on anyone else? Thanks! 

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    I had PF about 19 months ago and I tried acupuncture along with lots of other remedies. I am a retired MD so this was a leap of faith for me. Acupuncture is not meant to be a cure. It should help relieve pain for a short time and you may heal yourself while you are being treated over 5 weeks. It definitely helped my pain for about 24 hours. I did it again with the same results. I got just as much relief from a TENS unit which I then used every day, sometimes twice a day. I would not waste the money on acupuncture. It will not cure you but it will give temporary help for pain. BTW, you can do the acupressure on your spine to yourself with a tennis ball. Pay attention to what they do and repeat it on your spine. I do this all the time for spasm and adhesions in my para spinous muscles. Check out youtube.
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    What a terrible problem PF is.  I have had pain in my life but this is far the worst.   I had the injection a few weeks ago in my heel and that didn't work.  I went out Monday and walked a little,  I have had to rest since not being able to walk.  I find that the taping of the foot helps with the pain tremendously. Not sure if you seen this, you can  find on U tube.

    Good luck with acupuncture.

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    Acupuncture only gives temporary relief and I would not want it in the spine, too much going through there. Had lower back pain for years after falling off a roof  and nothing cured it until my pysio was retiring and he said 'I know what the problem is' and he twisted me with his knee in my back and there were a number of clicks and bangs and I have had no serious pain since, why he did not do it 20 years before I do not know, just shows what a dark art phiso and manipulation is.

    Also have pf and the only cure is as Jerry often say's Cushion, cushion and then Cushion a bit more and I found just the heel gel pads worked best.

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      I think PF affects people so differently.  I have had heel gel cushions, bought special trainers from a Podiatrist which he fit inners to match my foot and I find it worse than just ordinary trainers.  I speak to people who say.  "I have that  and they are working with it.  I certainly could not.  I have never experienced this kind of pain in my life.  It really is affecting my quality of life as I love walking and after walking short distances I am done and need to go back to resting of the foot.  had the heel injection and that hasn't worked at all.

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      There are indeed many causes of PF which for me felt like a nail just in front of the heel which is the most common symptom but it takes time to heal so you need to carry on with the gell heel pads for at least a month before you will notice much improvement but it will not aggravate the problem so is worth trying. Calf stretching exercises also help in the longer term as it is tight calf muscle's that cause pf unless you tear them running or jumping in which case rest is the only cure. If none of these work you are best off seeing a doctor and getting scans as it could be heel spurs or some other problem that minor surgery will cure but only a last resort.

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