Seattle Acupuncture Associates

Acupuncture for Foot & Ankle Pain

Acupuncture treats achilles heel tendonitis, ankle arthritis, ankle bone pain, ankle pains, ankle tendonitis, feet pain, foot bone pain, foot discomfort, sprains and more.


Achilles Rupture

Acupuncture has been utilized as a primary recovery technique for people suffering from Achilles rupture. In the early phase of therapy the acupuncturee is used to treat swelling, inflammation and pain associated with this injury. In the more chronic portion of the recovery acupuncture addresses the symptoms of compensation such as low back pain due to the musculoskeletal adjustment from gait change.

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Achilles Tendonitis/Tendinosis

In the theory model that supports acupuncture Achilles tendonitis commences with muscular changes in the low back. The tension shifts through the muscles of the lower extremity placing a higher load on the Achilles tendon and it supporting musculature. Through repeated use the strain begins to take its toll resulting in this inflammatory condition.

Acupuncture is employed to treat the inflammation and adjust the muscular tone/tension toward preinjury levels.

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Ankle Stress Fractures

Acupuncture is employed to treat the pain and muscular guarding resulting from a stress fracture in the ankle. This allows for increased circulation and ultimately removal of recovery by-products. In the case of booting to immobilize the ankle allowing for stability to allow the fracture to heal the compensatory muscular changes from the back through the lower extremities is also addressed with acupuncture.

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A bunion is the inflammation and subsequent thickening of the bursa of the first metatarsal phalangeal joint. The joint usually enlarges and may displace the great toe. Acupuncture is employed for the pain of this condition and where possible helping to avoid surgery.

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Foot Stress Fractures

Stress fractures of the foot may be addressed with acupuncture where displacement of the bone at the fracture site is not an issue. Due to the usually low blood supply to the bone in this area healing can be prolonged. In the acute phase acupuncture is used for the treatment of pain. In the more chronic, non-healing phase when present electroacupuncture can be employed to attempt bone regeneration.

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Acupuncture is a valuable tool in the treatment of metatarsalgia, a painful condition in or around the bones of the foot. This condition may also be a cramping of the intrinsic muscles of the foot. The acupuncturee is utilized to relieve the muscular tension allowing the foot to attain a pre-injury structure.

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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition of the plantar or bottom of the foot. Most often on the under surface of the heel bone but may extend to the edges and back of the heel bone as well. Through tension and repeated small tearing of the soft tissue stiffness and pain appear. The most noted aspect of this condition is presence of intense burning pain after rest and during the first few steps. In severe cases the pain becomes constant.

Recovery can be lengthy. Acupuncture treats this condition by involving the low back and lower extremity musculature which virtually in all cases carry far too much tension subsequently affecting the elasticity of the plantar fascia and therefore its ability to carry load without issue. Acupuncture approaches the swelling, inflammation and tension associated with this disorder.

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Sprained Ankle

Acupuncture is a very effective tool in the treatment of acute and chronic ankle sprain addressing the swelling, pain and muscular compensation associated with this disorder. In the chronic states where repeated injury occurs due to ligamentous stretching acupuncture addresses muscular balance in the lower extremities attempting to reduce the incidence.

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Turf Toe

Turf toe is a condition suffered by many athletes and is a detachment of the soft tissue from the bony structure of the great toe. Swelling and inflammation are produced often curtailing further activity despite attempts to support the toe through splinting or taping. Acupuncture can be utilized to allow a more rapid recovery period and return to function by easing the swelling and inflammation.

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