Acupuncture Sports Medicine Webinar Series - Course 17

Plantar Fasciitis

Whitfield Reaves discusses the Sports Medicine treatment techniques used to treat Plantar Fasciitis.

Whitfield Reaves
Whitfield Reaves

Course Overview

Plantar fasciitis is characterized by pain and stiffness in the heel and the plantar aspect of the foot. It is usually a repetitive stress injury characterized by inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, and occurs in all types of athletic and active individuals. It is commonly seen in runners. However, walking and standing on a hard surface may also cause symptoms.


The techniques discussed in this webinar have been found to be clinically useful by webinar instructor Whitfield Reaves. Needling includes the region of Kidney 1, and the attachment of the plantar fascia in the region of the extraordinary point Shimian. Because many patients with this type of heel pain have tight calf muscles, the Bladder meridian may also be involved and is commonly treated. In this webinar you will learn the treatment options that result in good clinical outcomes.


This series was introduced in 2011, and is based upon single individual sports injuries. Each course provides simple and direct video for first time viewing as well as to increase precision through repetition. Even if you have taken the newer series, Mastering the Treatment of Injury and Pain, this old series is still an excellent resource for review and is filled with clinical gems.


  • To use palpation in order to diagnose plantar fasciitis.

  • To know two adjacent points used to treat plantar fasciitis.

  • To describe needle technique on the local zone of the plantar fascia at “medial Shimian”.

  • To describe needle technique on the local zone of the plantar fascia at Shimian in the center of the heel.

  • To know two proximal points used to treat plantar fasciitis.


  • 0 hrs - 15 min

    Anatomy of the plantar surface of the foot.

  • 15 min - 30 min

    Clinical assessment of pathology of the plantar fascia.

  • 30 min - 45 min

    Demonstration of assessment.

  • 45 min - 1 hrs

    Demonstration of needling technique.


  • Linda B. (United States)

    This is essential for any practitioner who wants better results treating PF. The course is presented in a logical and clear-cut manner, conducive to learning. The material presented is thorough. Many very useful tips for improving techniques and outcomes are included.

  • Peter A. (United States)

    This course provides excellent direction on how to simply and sucessfully treat a common and uncomfortable issue. Your patients will thank you for knowing this information.

  • Jannette K. (Ireland)

    Good course to get people quickly out of pain. Every joint in the body is covered. Points used are needled at different angles, giving better results.

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Whitfield Reaves

In practice for over 40 years, Whitfield Reaves, OMD, L.Ac., specializes in the field of sports medicine. Being in the forefront of the acupuncture sports medicine field, Whitfield's experience includes working with athletes at the 1984 LA Olympic Games at the 1984 LA Olympic Games and countless other sport competitions since. He is an author, he teaches internationally as well.


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More Details
  • CEUs:

    Approved By: IVAS (1), NCCAOM (1), Standard Certificate (1), California [Until 2024/05/03]* (1), Florida (1)

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Webinar

  • Course Length: 1 h

  • Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

  • Access Period: Lifetime


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