At Shand Podiatry in Aberdeen, we offer podiatric acupuncture as an effective treatment for a range of foot and ankle conditions.

Our experienced podiatrists utilize needles to improve circulation, reduce swelling, promote healing and reduce pain.

By targeting specific points in the ankle and foot area, our podiatrists are able to stimulate nerve fibers at just the right point to allow muscles and tissue in the area to relax from tension or strain.

We believe that regular treatments provide a more comprehensive solution for your podiatric needs, allowing for lasting relief.

For more information about podiatric acupuncture at Shand Podiatry in Aberdeen, contact us today.

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
  • metatarsalgia
  • mortons neuroma
  • achilles tendonitis
  • ankle pain
  • shin splints
  • night cramps

    Our Staff


    Scott Shand BSc Pod

    Director and head Podiatrist

    Scott specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle pathology using an evidence based approach to treatment.
    Scott is also the director of leading custom orthotic lab, Epione. Epione design and manufacture 3d printed orthotics for clinics throughout the UK. Scott has worked with PGA tour professionals and Scottish premiership football clubs.


    Pamela and Sandra are our front of house team. They are always on hand to answer your questions and queries in a friendly and professional manner.


    Bethany Skinner BSc Pod


    Hi, my name is Bethany and I have recently joined the team at Shand Podiatry.
    I graduated from Queen Margaret University in 2021 with Bcs Hons in Podiatry.
    I started my career working for NHS Grampian before making the decision to join Shand Podiatry in April of this year.
    My interest in podiatry started when I was 15. I was curious to learn about an injury I had sustained through highland dancing. This interest while being treated led me to pursue an education and career in podiatry.
    In my free time I still enjoy highland dancing although no longer competitively. I also enjoy helping out on the family farm and spending time with my friends and family.
    I am looking forward to taking the next step in my career, and advancing my scope of practice.



    Absolutely top-notch service. A friendlier place you will not find! Everyone is so pleasant, patient, they really listen to you and address your concerns like the true professionals they are. They are knowledgeable and the results were fantastic. Highly recommend The Shand Practice.


    “Central location with on street parking outside. Great service and flexible appointments. I have been to the practice for various injuries and pains such as ‘shin splints’ and plantar plate issues. Treatment included; massage, acupuncture, review on how I was running (treadmill) and I was also given exercises to do at home and lots information and tips to stop the problem reoccurring. I would like to thank Scott as it never has! A family run business who care about their clients and the results.”



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