Dry Needling of the feet : a Podiatrist’s view

8 Jun, 2020

Injuries of the foot occur everyday. Whilst anyone can develop an injury, it is commonly seen among the active population, especially young adult. Regardless of this, if you experience a sprain, tears or fracture, the key is the recovery process.

Therefore, the aim of any treatment is to provide for the quickest time to regain baseline mobility.  In the past a decade, dry needling is becoming a more proven and feasible treatment option for anyone who is experiencing foot pain. There is increasing evidence on its effectiveness on the lower limb musculoskeletal-related conditions in the short and medium-term.

If you’ve never heard of dry needling, we suggest you have a quick look at our Physio, Jenny’s blog post to start with.

Is there any difference to having dry needling with the Physiotherapists and the Podiatrists?


Both a physiotherapist and podiatrist conduct dry needling with the same aim: alleviate pain and to restore baseline mobility and function. The physiotherapists conduct the dry needling on any musculoskeletal conditions; however, they are more specifically trained to carry out the treatment mainly on the upper limb (neck, back, arms, and hip).

On the other hand, the podiatrists are focusing on the lower limb musculoskeletal-related condition. Some lower limb musculoskeletal-related conditions may involve both upper and lower limbs, to this extent, the podiatrists also have the adequate knowledge to carry out the treatment. Therefore there may be some overlap between the dry needling treatment that you may receive from both a physiotherapist and a podiatrist.

Most importantly, both allied health practitioners are aiming to find the active trigger points (TrPs) to help to lessen pain and improve overall health.

How was the session conducted?

When it comes time to your dry needling appointment with your friendly podiatrist, they will, first of all, explore your symptoms then quickly assess for signs of tendinopathy and areas of acute pain in your lower limbs.  After this, the dry needling session will begin.  Very thin microneedles will be inserted to trigger points associated with your pain.

They will be kept in place for a certain amount of time in which you may feel a cramping sensation which is completely normal.  Once the needles are removed it will take some time for the tendon and ligaments associated with your pain to relax in which your symptoms should start to ease. 

Feet dry needling
Feet dry needling

It may take a number of sessions to see significant improvement in your symptoms.  However this a great adjunct to getting you moving and strengthening your lower limb to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.

What to do now?

If you experience any lower limb pain, please do not hesitate to contact us at Gen Physio, we have a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to changing the lives of our clients. We will explore your concerns and your aims. If we feel you will benefit from dry needling we will discuss the treatment with you further before proceeding.

All of our clinicians are mobile and come to your own home to conduct an examination. Give us a call on 1300 122 884 to book a consultation today.

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