Q: I have very painful feet which makes it difficult to walk. Prolonged standing is impossible. Can you help?
A: Yes. Your feet and ankles need to be strong and flexible to provide stable support and withstand the stress of repeated use. Overusing or traumatizing the ligaments, muscles and joints of the feet can result in pain. Being overweight or obese also causes abnormal stress on the feet and can be a major causative factor in foot pain. Foot pain can include such conditions as bursitis, achilles tendonitis, neuropathies, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis and arthritis. There is a growing body of clinical evidence that recognizes that acupuncture stimulates the release of the body’s own pain killers, endorphins. Repeated acupuncture treatment potentiates endorphin release giving better results after each sequential treatment. Acupuncture has also been shown to have natural anti-inflammatory effects which reduces pain and promotes tissue healing. Today, acupuncture is increasingly recommended at leading medical centers for pain of all varieties including foot pain.