The practice of ‘dry needling’ involves inserting an acupuncture needle into a trigger point or taught band of skeletal muscle. It is typically used to treat pain locally within a muscle, or nerve pain that may be radiating further along the leg or foot. Podiatrists aim to produce a ‘local twitch response’, which is an involuntary muscle contraction that leads to reduced tension in the muscle.

It is normal to be tender where you have been needled for up to 24-48 hours. We recommended regular stretching and the use of heat packs to keep the muscle mobile.