Podiatric Acupuncture is the use of modern acupuncture as a therapeutic tool, by appropriately qualified Podiatrists, as a form of treatment for a variety of different injuries and disorders affecting the foot and lower limb.
Acupuncture is used to treat many foot problems, but is particularly useful for painful joint and soft tissue complaints such as Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Pain, Morton’s Neuroma and Forefoot Pain.
Fine acupuncture needles are placed into specific areas known as acupoints or into “trigger points”. The needles are believed to have an effect on the nervous system and stimulate the release of natural painkillers (endorphins) which help relieves the discomfort associated with painful conditions.
Acupuncture is a useful and effective management tool in Podiatry. It can be used to treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions affecting the foot and lower limb as well as neuropathic foot pain in diabetes.
To find out more about what conditions acupuncture can be used to treat please see click on the following links:
- Musculoskeletal pain of lower limb and foot
- Neuropathic foot pain in Diabetes
During your appointment, fine acupuncture needles are inserted at individually determined points of the body where they are left for approximately 20 mins while whilst you sit and relax. These needles are gently percussed during the time they are inserted to stimulate the area. You may experience other sensations, such as feeling hot or cold, although this does not happen on a frequent basis. Majority of the time this is relaxing.
Pain in the foot and ankle can frequently respond to acupuncture and this is well documented in the medical literature. In general it is a painless process but when discomfort does occur it is far less than an ordinary injection and usually lasts only on insertion of the needle.
The number of treatments varies from person to person for complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several weeks may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required. Most people need between 1 and 5 treatments, and some people need to return for regular “top up” treatments every few months when symptoms recur.
Acupuncture is effective for the following conditions of the foot and lower limb:
- plantar fasciitis
- heel pain
- morton’s neuroma
- achilles tendonitis
- ankle pain
- shin splints
- night cramps
Some of the benefits of using Podiatric Acupuncture in problems affecting the foot and lower limb:
- Eliminates the need for drugs/medicines or surgical intervention
- It is safe and effective form of treatment
- It can be used to effectively reduce pain levels
For further information, or to book an appointment, contact our Beeston : Nottinghamshire, Ilkeston : Derbyshire or Sheffield : South Yorksire – We Fix Feet Chiropody, Podiatry & Foot Healthcare clinics.