Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of pain in adults. Most commonly presenting as pain underneath the heel, particularly after rest. Plantar fasciitis if left untreated can become extremely painful and prevent people from reaching their fitness and movement goals. I wanted to talk about dry needling in this piece, dry needling is something that we use a lot at TFC Podiatry. Particularly as the research around the benefits of dry needling become stronger and stronger.
Dry needling is the use of acupuncture needles into tight bands of tissue called trigger points. This can provide pain relief as well as improve muscle function and range of movement. This improvement in function and pain has allowed dry needling to become increasingly more popular over the past decade.
At TFC Podiatry, a full assessment will be completed of the condition that you have as well as the causative factors related to the condition. Part of this assessment will be to determine your ankle range of motion, if this is restricted the chances of heel pain goes up. On the plus side, treating this heel pain usually makes your pain go down. As the calf is a very active muscle, it usually has trigger points. Trigger points are sensitive and tight bands of the muscle. These are related to heel pain and are improved with dry needling.
In summary, dry needling is a great way to decrease pain and improve outcomes in people with heel pain. At TFC Podiatry it is never the only treatment for heel pain. It will form part of a treatment plan that deals with the cause of the problem designed specifically for you.
This piece was written by Christopher Wevling Chris works out of TFC Podiatry in Yarraville and you book online directly into Chris’ diary here. Dry needling is provided in Point Cook and Yarraville. For more info on Plantar Fasciitis check out this video on heel pain also by Chris.