Acupuncture for Foot, Ankle and Heel Pain

Acupuncture for Foot, Ankle and Heel Pain.

Foot, ankle, and heel pain are common complaints that can stem from a variety of causes, including injuries, overuse, or underlying medical conditions.

Symptoms can range from mild discomfort to severe pain, affecting mobility and quality of life.

What is our clinical experience?

Based on feedback collected from over 2,392 initial appointments for Leg, Knee & Foot Pain, 80% of our patients reported improved quality of life after their first 4 appointments. See our detailed benchmarking statistics.

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What does the research say?

The following insights are obtained from systematic reviews and analysis of clinical trials investigating the efficacy of Chinese medicine and acupuncture for foot, ankle and heel pain.

Consult with our practitioners for personalised care and advice.

Although well-conducted clinical research can help members of the public to make better-informed decisions about their healthcare, we cannot claim that any particular treatment may be effective for any individual person.

When you consult with our Chinese medicine practitioners, you'll receive personalised advice and treatment based on your symptoms and Chinese medicine diagnosis.

Scientific References

Browse our collection of scientific clinical research on acupuncture for foot, ankle and heel pain.

It includes recent and reputable papers published by peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years.

Medical Acupuncture

2023, Feb 01

Acupuncture for Plantar Fasciopathy: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Medical Acupuncture American Academy of Medical Acupuncture

The study concludes that the combination of acupuncture and a home-exercise program provides a greater reduction in pain at 12 weeks compared to a home-exercise program alone in plantar fasciopathy patients.

Cagle SD, Covey C, Farrell J, Sharon DJ, Crawford P Full Article

Medical Acupuncture

2021, Dec 01

The Efficacy of Acupuncture on Foot and Ankle for Pain Intensity, Functional Status, and General Quality of Life in Adults: A Systematic Review
Medical Acupuncture American Academy of Medical Acupuncture

There is some evidence to suggest acupuncture to be a safe and efficacious treatment for relieving pain and improving functional status for the foot and ankle.

Trinh K, Belski N, Zhou F, Kuhad A, Luk D, Youn E Full Article

Acupuncture in Medicine

2020, Aug 18

Comparison of electroacupuncture and manual acupuncture for patients with plantar heel pain syndrome: a randomized controlled trial
Acupuncture in Medicine British Medical Acupuncture Society

Among patients with PHPS, EA did not have a better effect with respect to relieving pain intensity than MA at week 4, although both EA and MA appeared to have positive temporal effects, with decreased heel pain and improved plantar function.

Wang W, Liu Y, Jiao R, Liu S, Zhao J, Liu Z Full Article

Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy

2016, May 31

Effectiveness of Acupuncture Therapies to Manage Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Extremities: A Systematic Review
Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy

This article showcase the efficacy of acupuncture for carpel tunnel syndrome, piriformis, shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis and patellofemoral pain. The systematic reviews on randomised controlled trials research have showed that patients respond significantly better after treatments compared to the control group.

Cox, J., Varatharajan, S., Côté, P., & Optima Collaboration Full Article

BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies

2013, Mar 04

Acupuncture for ankle sprain: systematic review and meta-analysis
BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies

Acupuncture was found to be more effective than various controls in relieving pain, facilitating return to normal activity and improving quality of life, however, the available evidence is insufficient to recommend it as an evidence-based treatment option.

Park J, Hahn S, Park JY, Park HJ, Lee H Full Article

Acupuncture in Medicine

2012, Dec 12

The Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Plantar Heel Pain: A Systematic Review
Acupuncture in Medicine British Medical Acupuncture Society

Five randomised controlled trials and three non-randomised comparative studies were included. There is evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture for plantar heel pain (PHP). This is comparable to the evidence available for conventionally used interventions, such as stretching, night splints or dexamethasone. Therefore acupuncture should be considered in recommendations for the management of patients with PHP.

Clark RJ, Tighe M Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2011, Jan 15

Acupuncture treatment for plantar fasciitis: a randomized controlled trial with six months follow-up
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. The results indicate that acupuncture can provide pain relief to patient with plantar fasciitis, and that PC 7 is a relatively specific acupoint for heel pain.

Shi Ping Zhang , Tsui-Pik Yip, Qiu-Shi Li Full Article

Yin Tang
“It is by virtue of the twelve channels that human life exists, that disease arises, that human beings can be treated and illness cured. The twelve channels are where beginners start and masters end.” The Classic of Acupuncture
Circa 1st Century BCE