Dry needling – How FNQ Podiatry can reduce your lower limb pain

So you’ve had your initial biomechanical assessment with your treating FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics podiatrist and they have recommended dry needling to assist with your treatment. Straight up the word ‘needling’ is not kind and mildly intimidating. This generally sparks multiple questions around what it is, how it works and most frequently, will it hurt? If these are some questions you might like answered, read on. 

Dry needling is a minimally invasive treatment technique where a fine needle (the same as would be used in acupuncture) is inserted to the skin and muscle, aimed at a myofasical trigger point. Trigger points are hyperirritable nodules within skeletal muscle which often disrupt normal function, restrict joint range of motion, refer pain and/or cause local tenderness. 

You’re probably asking “how is sticking needles in my leg going to improve my foot pain”. To most people’s surprise, most foot issues are directly related to particular muscles within the lower leg. Every muscle in your leg crosses your ankle joint to insert into one of the many bones in your feet. Therefore, if the muscle has trigger points within the belly up in the leg, this will heavily impact foot function, resulting in pain either at the insertion point or along the tendon. 

At FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics we commonly use dry needling as a form of therapy within your treatment plan. It is rarely used as a standalone treatment, rather part of a wider plan which will incorporate each of the risk factors identified throughout your initial biomechanical assessment. 

To book your initial consultation today and get the ball rolling on your foot pain, call our friendly team on 4045 5749 or alternatively book online at https://fnq-podiatry-orthotics.cliniko.com/bookings#location. 


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