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25 Jan 2017

Dry Needling for Feet

Dry needling is a modern version off acupuncture used by Western health practitioners – doctors, physios, podiatrists, and others.

How does it work?
Tiny, thin, high quality needles which cause minimal discomfort are briefly inserted under the skin. The needles are thought to bring about changes to the tissues to speed up healing, reduce pain, and free up movement.

Who might be helped?

We may consider dry needling if if you have biomechanics pains that don’t seem to have an obvious cause. For example, if your feet seem fairly normal and your shoes are good, but for some reason the pain is never the less still there. Neuroma, metatarsal pain, plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonitis are common conditions we treat.  Podiatric dry needling is used to help pain and tension in the feet and any of the tissues that connect directly to the feet. This means we may treat the muscles, soft tissues and joints below your knee.

How will we use dry needling?

And as well as a stand alone treatment, we sometimes we use dry needling to help support other biomechanics treatments such as strapping, orthoses an gait re-education, as well as massage therapy.

In common with massage, most people notice improvements after one to three appointments. We would normally do a course of three to six appointments depending on your reaction.

Some Medical Conditions to Consider

If you are a blood donor, we will provide you with a letter confirming our regulation and the standards to which we work.

If you are pregnant ideally all treatments are avoided, but pragmatically is probably safer than most drugs you might take orally or through the skin.

If you are on anticoagulants, we may just need a dressing where the needles were used but it is not normally a problem.