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Dry Needling

Dry needling of the feet is a specialised treatment technique used by our podiatrists and other healthcare professionals to address various foot conditions and musculoskeletal issues. 

What is Dry Needling of the Feet?

Dry needling involves the insertion of thin needles into specific trigger points or tight bands of muscle tissue (myofascial trigger points) to relieve pain, improve muscle function, and promote healing. Unlike acupuncture, which is based on traditional Chinese medicine principles, dry needling is rooted in modern Western medicine and focuses on the musculoskeletal system.

How Does Dry Needling Work?

  1. Targeting Trigger Points: Practitioners identify trigger points in the muscles of the feet, which may be causing pain, stiffness, or dysfunction.

  2. Insertion of Needles: Thin, solid needles are inserted directly into these trigger points or tight muscle bands.

  3. Muscle Release: The needles cause a local twitch response in the muscle, which can help release tension and improve blood flow.

  4. Pain Relief and Healing: By targeting trigger points and promoting muscle relaxation, dry needling can alleviate pain, improve range of motion, and facilitate the body's natural healing processes.

Conditions Treated with Dry Needling of the Feet:

  1. Plantar Fasciitis: A common condition characterized by inflammation and pain in the thick band of tissue (plantar fascia) that runs across the bottom of the foot.

  2. Achilles Tendinopathy: Breakdown of the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone.

  3. Forefoot Pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot, often caused by overuse or improper footwear.

  4. Muscle strains and Sprains: Injuries to the muscles and ligaments of the foot, which can result from overexertion or trauma.

  5. Neuromuscular Conditions: Dry needling may also be used to address neuromuscular conditions that affect foot function, such as nerve entrapment syndromes or muscle imbalances.

Benefits of Dry Needling of the Feet:

  1. Pain Relief: Helps alleviate acute and chronic foot pain, allowing patients to move more comfortably.

  2. Improved Mobility: By releasing tight muscles and promoting relaxation, dry needling can enhance range of motion in the feet and ankles.

  3. Faster Recovery: Facilitates the body's natural healing processes, potentially reducing recovery time from foot injuries or conditions.

  4. Complementary Therapy: Can be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as physical therapy, orthotics, and exercise programs, to optimise outcomes.

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