Can Acupuncture Help Your Foot or Ankle Condition? Let’s Find Out!
ARTHRITIS (osteo and rheumatoid)
Yes. Acupuncture cannot reverse arthritis but it can help manage the symptoms. The word arthritis means joint inflammation. Acupuncture promotes joint health while increasing the level of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers.
Yes. Acupuncture can help manage the pain associated with bunions but cannot fix a misaligned toe.
Yes. Acupuncture can relieve the bursitis related pain and can offer long term relief. Bursa are small fluid filled sacs that act like balls bearing in our joints. When strained they can become inflamed. Acupuncture works to reduce this inflammation by nourishing the surrounding soft tissue which restores proper joint function.
Yes, but corns can be easily treated at home.
Yes. Acupuncture increases blood flow to help restore nerve damage. Over time, this can lessen the symptoms of the neuropathy, such as numbness, tingling, pins and needles, and pain.
GENERAL UNDIAGNOSED FOOT & ANKLE PAIN
Yes. Most pain conditions of the foot and ankle can be helped with acupuncture. Our ankles take a lot of daily abuse. Many common issues such as sprains, strains and general soreness, can be addressed with conservative acupuncture treatment.
Yes. Gout is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood which eventually form into crystals and become lodged in joints such as the thumb or big toe. Along with a change in diet, acupuncture helps reduce the inflammatory response at the site of pain and has no negative side effects on the liver or kidneys as compared to steroidal and non-streoidal gout medications. For chronic cases, acupuncture can help make future bouts less painful and increase the time span between flare-ups.
HAMMER TOE/CLAW TOE
Yes. We can help with both the symptoms of bone spurs and the underlying conditions. Normally heel spurs respond well to acupuncture. Exercises and other modalities such as cold laser therapy may also be utilized in conjunction with traditional acupuncture.
METATARSALGIA / STONE BRUISE
Yes, but easily taken care of at home with some rest.
Yes. Plantar fasciitis can be significantly improved with acupuncture as it directly reduce the inflammation of the plantar fascia along with the pain in associated with it. Direct needling of the affected area is necessary in this treatment so it may be slightly uncomfortable compared to other acupuncture treatments.
Yes but plantar warts can be easily treated at home.
Yes. Acupuncture can help reduce the inflamed area and ease some of the symptoms. Our acupuncturists work closely with podiatrists to not just treat the symptoms but also focus on the root cause of the problem. In many cases, sesamoiditis is caused by overuse of the tendons as a result of poorly fitting shoes or high heels. An adjustment in footwear or adding custom orthotics may also be incorporated into your treatment plan.
Yes. Sprains are injuries of the ankle’s ligaments. Ligaments are soft tissue structures that attach one bone to another bone. When a ligament is injured it triggers the body’s injury response. Interstitial fluid begins to collect around the effected ligament causing swelling. The purpose is to fill the area with so much fluid that the injured area becomes immobile. This helps prevent further injury by limiting the motion of the effected structures. Along with decreasing pain, acupuncture can help to lessen the time needed for the ligament to heal.
Yes. Tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendon, the tissue that connects muscle to bone. Just like ankle sprains, damage to the tendons triggers the injury response of swelling and pain. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong and to not put pressure on the effected area. Acupuncture increases blood flow and endorphin release, your body’s natural pain killers. The increased blood flow lessens the overall discomfort associated with tendinitis while simultaneously speeding up recovery time.