It is important to note that in my experience plantar fasciitis can be due to a bacterial focal infection in the soft tissue, a bone spur, or much more commonly caused by repeated impact to the area and associated degeneration of the plantar fascia. I find that when treating individuals with this condition, after administering the constitutional treatment, I give a thorough structural whole body diagnosis and treat any imbalances that I find. I observe and treat any structural imbalances from the feet, ankles, knees, hip girdle, lower back, shoulder girdle, and neck.
The reason I go to this trouble is that it could be an alignment imbalance whereby one hip is higher than the other, thus the proprioceptors (nerves that relay information about body position) in the knee and ankle compensate by tightening muscles in the region and as a result cause an imbalance to the gait of the individual. This imbalance in the gait and foot position over time can cause degeneration to the plantar fascia, as the sole of the foot is not striking the ground as it should be in a state of structural balance.
Therefore addressing the hip/muscular imbalance will have a flow on effect through the lower limb and thus relieve the structural imbalance and subsequently the plantar fasciitis signs and symptoms.
The body is an interconnected whole, thus the importance of treating the whole individual. The beauty of acupuncture is that as a form of healing it does exactly this.
Giancarlo Nerini – Licensed Acupuncturist