Podiatric Acupuncture is the use of acupuncture as a therapeutic tool, by podiatrists , to treat problems of the lower limbs. 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 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. Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used, but commonly we combine the therapy with massage techniques and mobilisation.
In this procedure, needles are inserted at individually determined points of the body where they are left for approxiamately 20 mins while whilst you sit and relax. The needles are gently percussed during the time they are inserted to stimulate the site. You should find acupuncture quite relaxing during, or after your treatment. You may experience other sensations, such as feeling hot or cold, although this does not happen on a frequent basis.
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 reoccur.
Acupuncture is effective for the following conditions of the foot and lower limb:
- plantar fasciitis
- heel pain
- mortons neuroma
- achilles tendonitis
- ankle pain
- shin splints
- night cramps
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Scott Shand BSc Pod
Director and head PodiatristScott specialises in the treatment of foot and ankle pathologies using a combination of manual therapy, shockwave and laser therapy and custom designed and fabricated orthotics. Scott is Director and chief Designer at Epione Orthotics.
Emma Campbell Bsc Pod (hons)
Full Time PodiatristEmma specialises in verruca needling and Nail reconstruction
Ruth Flett Bsc Pod (Hons)
Full Time PodiatristRuth is the newest member of our team.
Podiatrist/Clinical DirectorAlthough now partially retired, Ron brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. A much loved and respected member of the team with over 45 years experience in the treatment of foot problems.
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