Podiatric Acupuncture is the use of acupuncture as a therapeutic tool, by podiatrists, to treat problems of the lower limbs. Acupuncture needles are placed along specific pathways or meridians at acupoints, or at trigger points. The needles stimulate the release of natural painkillers which helps to relieve the discomfort associated with painful conditions. Acupuncture is used to treat many foot problems, but is particularly useful for pain. It can help with painful joints and is also used to treat problems such as arthritis of the knee, plantar fasciitis, heel pain, Morton’s neuroma and forefoot pain. Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used, but is frequently used in conjunction with other podiatry treatments.
Acupuncture is effective for the following:
Leg/other – Ankle and knee instability, Osteoarthritis/ wear and tear of the knee, shin splints, tibialis muscle syndromes, restless leg syndrome, intermittent claudication, cramps, scar pain, arthritis, aching feet with no other symptoms, post fracture pain.
Feet – Achilles tendonitis, acute and chronic ankle pain, plantar fasciitis, heel pain, first metatarsal pain, metatarsalgia, mortons neuroma, digital neuritis.