Acupuncture with the balance method for the treatment of plantar fasciitis: A case report

Irma Nareswari, Dwi Rachma Helianthi, Krisma Perdana Harja

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Plantar fasciitis (PF) is a degenerative irritation of the plantar fascia originating at the medial calcaneal tuberosity of the heel as well as the surrounding perifascial structures. PF is the most common cause of heel pain in the outpatient setting, accounting for approximately one million visits per year and estimated to occur in 10% of the general population. The treatment of PF includes resting the affected feet, ice application, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, massage, shoe inserts, night splints, stretching of the plantar fascia, and injection of steroids. Although the mechanism of action is not yet fully understood, several studies have reported that acupuncture can effectively reduce pain and increase functionality for PF, with one study reporting that the effect of acupuncture lasted up to 6 weeks. This case report highlights the effect of acupuncture using the Balance Method, a relatively new and rarely published technique, for the treatment of PF. In this case, the Balance Method was shown to effectively relieve the pain of PF.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Case Reports
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781536168853
ISBN (Print)9781536168846
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2020


  • Acupuncture
  • Balance method
  • Plantar fasciitis


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