Dry needling is a procedure used to treat trigger points in muscles. Trigger points are tight “knots” in a muscle that can be painful and reduce the function of a muscle. Certain trigger points can have a referred pain and correlation with areas in the foot.
An extremely thin needle is used to penetrates through the skin to reach these trigger points and “release” the knot, which reduces symptoms and improves muscle function. For qualified Podiatrists to practice dry needling, further education and training is required outside of their University degree.
A recent randomized control study found that dry needling of myofascial trigger points was effective in the treatment of plantar heel pain compared to sham dry needling (Cotchett, Munteanu & Landorf, 2014). This study demonstrates that dry needling can be used as the sole intervention; however, dry needling can also be utilized to complement other treatments. For example, it may be used to reduce the tightness in a muscle to allow for a more efficient stretching program.
Conditions we can treat with Dry Needling:
- Heel Pain and plantar fasciitis
- Ankle Sprains
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Claw and Hammer toes
- Anterior and Medial Shin splits
- Compartment syndrome
- Lateral leg pain
- Calf cramps
- And many more…
Benefits of dry needling:
- Reduce muscle pain
- Increase muscle function
- Effectively treat referred pain in the lower limb
At the Foot and Ankle Clinic our highly qualified team of Podiatrists are all members of the Australian Podiatry Association and offer a combined 50 years’ experience. They are trained to diagnose and effectively treat foot and ankle pain and injuries via a range of treatments including Dry Needling.
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