Treating Heel Pain

by | Dec 10, 2020 | Integrative Healthcare, Integrative Medicine, Pain Relief

 

Heel pain is common, and is often worse in the morning or after extended periods of inactivity. Integrative healthcare offers effective treatments to relieve heel pain, and help it stay feeling better. 

Heel pain comes from the plantar fascia, which is a band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel to the toes and helps maintain the arch of the foot. However, the cause of heel pain is usually found in the legs, hips, and low back. Structural issues and muscle tension related to walking and running can be directly related to heel pain. 

Integrative treatment for heel pain works with the body as a whole. Bodywork works with the tissues directly. It helps bring blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the plantar fascia in order to promote healing. It also lengthens connective tissue and relieves muscle tension in related structures in order to relieve the stress in the heel. 

Acupuncture is effective treatment for pain, including heel pain. It helps reduce inflammation and promote healing of the related tissues. It also turns down the volume on pain signals, which helps you feel better more quickly. There are some related nerves that can be affected by issues with the plantar fascia, and acupuncture is able to support their health and healing. 

Mindfulness, especially of movement patterns, is also effective treatment for heel pain. Heel pain often comes from imbalances in your posture or in the ways that you walk and run. Mindfulness techniques can help you learn to make healthy adjustments to your movement patterns. This in turn will relieve the stress on your heels and help you feel better long term. 

Heel pain responds well to integrative care, because treatments work with the body as a whole. Integrative care is able to nourish the tissues, calm the pain signals, and adjust dysfunctional movement patterns. This helps you feel better now and continue feeling better going forward. 

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