Look at the illustration. (Click/select the image to enlarge it.) You will see the plantar fascia, a thick band of fibrous tissue, and the most common cause of heel pain. It gets inflamed and painful by repeated micro-trauma, especially where it attaches near the heel bone.
If you are an endurance runner, if you have flat feet or overly-high arches, if you are overweight, or if you have to stand for hours everyday on a hard surface, you are more at risk.
In my experience, quite well, sometimes with an encouraging reduction of pain after the first treatment, and usually with a significant or total reduction after a series of treatments. It is better to rest during the course of therapy, but some patients cannot because their work does not allow it, or they will not because they are competitive athletes. Acupuncture still works. Take the case of Jeffery Johnston, for example, an ultra-marathoner I treated, who was in a lot of pain from his training, but who was able to continue training due to the acupuncture, and went on to complete a 100-mile race.
Read Jeffery’s and other testimonials from patients who had plantar fasciitis treated by acupuncture. You can search all testimonials using the Search Testimonials by “condition(s) treated” box on the top right.