An Acupuncturist’s Guide to the Treatment and Assessment of Plantar Fasciitis and Excessive Foot Pronation

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The feet play a very important role in dynamic posture and balance, although a change in the foot mechanics can predispose the foot and body to injury. The foot, being shaped like a half dome, has two primary arches that provide shock-absorbing features during weight-bearing activities. A collapse of one or both of these arches puts overwhelming stress on the soft tissue and joint components of the foot with the end result being pain somewhere along the musculoskeletal chain. In this article, we will examine excessive foot pronation, its role with plantar fasciitis and how acupuncture can effectively treat this syndrome.