Pain related conditions of the feet are often difficult and stubborn to treat. This is likely due to the fact gravity slows vascular return of blood flow to the heart leaving the tissues persistently inflamed.
Acupuncture can be a great compliment to painful conditions associated with the feet. Chinese Medicine diagnoses pain conditions as the result of stagnation of both blood and qi (energy) of the body. Acupuncture needles work by moving blood and qi which have ceased to circulate properly through the tissue. Acupuncture helps venous (deoxygenated) blood flow back to the heart, reduce inflammation and improve circulation.
As an acupuncturist, I like to work in conjunction with a podiatrist when treating chronic persistent pain of the feet associated with conditions like neuromas, plantar fasciitis, bunions, tendonitis, and bone spurs. Success is often dependent on frequency of treatment as well as how well a patient follows at home care recommended by their Podiatrist.
Acupuncture may save you from surgery. That being said, my clinical experience has taught me of all the pain conditions I treat, the feet are about the most challenging to cure. I recommend my patients try 6-8 treatments first and if the condition does not improve, then perhaps surgery is the best bet.
Regardless of your diagnosis, a collaborative approach between a Podiatrist and an Acupuncturist will accelerate your healing process.
Kristin Misik is located in NYC and is a Master Acupuncturist treating pain and stress related conditions. Sign up for free weekly health tips at www.acupuncturewise.com