By Nicole Murray, L.Ac.

At Beach Community Acupuncture, we treat quite a few people with foot pain. We see people diagnosed with tendonitis, Morton’s neuroma, plantar fasciitis, gout, arthritis, and more. Feet are prone to injury and pain because they bear the weight of the whole body. Strain and injury can affect any part of the foot, and may include bones, tendons, ligaments and/or muscles. We’ll look at some of the more common ailments we treat.

Tendonitis

Tendonitis in the feet may be due to stress from overuse like running, walking, and excessive standing. Signs of tendonitis include stabbing pain and swelling. The pain will be worse while standing and better with rest. If the stress goes on for too long, the tendons may start pulling apart, causing more inflammation and pain. We work with tendonitis anywhere, and often see a painful rupture in the Achilles tendon. Medical doctors may advise using anti-inflammatory drugs, resting and elevating when possible, and stretching. We prescribe acupuncture as often as is practical for a short period of time (for example, 5 times in a week), to decrease inflammation and pain. We get excellent results for this condition. There are also a few incredibly effective herbal liniments, like “Zheng Gu Shui,” that are applied directly to the painful area to speed healing.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma is an extremely painful condition affecting the ball of the foot, usually between the 3rd and 4th toes. It is caused by a “thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your foot…” (Mayo Clinic). The nerve pain that results will be a sharp, burning pain in the ball of the foot, sometimes radiating to the toes. There may also be numbness in the [...]