When rest, icing and stretching haven’t worked…when the Strassburg sock, kinesiotaping and leukotaping haven’t worked…when footbeds, orthotics and new shoes haven’t worked…it’s time for acupuncture and blood-letting.
Today, I went back to the Chinese Medicine doctor to address the persistent plantar fasciitis/heel spur in my left foot. I had done some treatment last fall for similar problems in my right foot. Today’s treatment was pretty intense. Half a dozen thin acupuncture needles inserted into various meridians in my left knee, calf and ankle. I barely feel them when they go in. The needles are manipulated and when they hit the right spot, it feels like a sharp tingle along the nerve path, similar to how it feels when you bang your elbow. These stay in for an hour and are adjusted every 10 or 15 minutes.
Then there’s the blood-letting. This is a little tougher. A lancet needle is used to pierce the skin in several spots. The lancet feels like a bee sting. Each time it pierces the skin. Five or six times on a site. There were four sites done on my heel and ankle. A vacuum cup is then used to pull the “dark” blood out. Dark blood indicates stagnation and injury. Removing it improves circulation and promotes healing. It’s only slightly less painful than the injury it’s trying to heal, but it works well on areas that normally don’t get a lot a blood flow.