Plantar Fasciitis (Painful Heel)


The Clinic has developed a unique and effective treatment for this common and debilitating condition. Sometimes mistakenly considered a “stone bruise” and overlapping with heal spurs, sufferers typically hobble upon getting out of bed in the morning and experience pain in the heel when they get up from sitting down for a while. The source of the pain is a tear in the plantar fascia (connective tissue under the foot). Conventional management includes using supportive footwear and a stretching programme. Massage to the calf and foot also helps. Some people find orthotics helpful; however none of these approaches typically resolves the complaint completely.

At the clinic we have found good results follow a holistic approach examining posture and low back pathology, combined with specific acupuncture treatment using acupuncture points developed by our clinic director Stephen Janz. This treatment is also effective in most cases of pain from a heel spur as well. Stephen was awarded the best paper on clinical practice at the World Federation of Acupuncture Societies (WFAS) in 2004 for his work on plantar fasciitis, and has taught this approach at several seminars including the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Annual Conference (Sydney) 2008. Stephen’s paper on Planatar fasciits has now been published in the Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine 2010 5(2)