Dry Needling for Plantar Fasciitis 

Dry needling is a relatively new form of heel pain treatment. It is used in treating chronic plantar fasciitis.

This treatment option is a minimally invasive, one-time treatment, and it can be performed in a podiatrists’ office. Another benefit is how quick the procedure is.  It usually only takes about 15-20 minutes to complete.

So far, the dry needling procedure has done well in studies, showing a 95% success rate with lasting relief for most patients. However, it is a fairly new treatment, so long-term results aren’t yet known.There are risks involved, which is true of every procedure, but it is less risky than outpatient surgery, and it is less expensive than either surgery or other treatment options for chronic heel pain, like shock wave therapy.

If you are considering dry needling as a treatment option, discuss the benefits and risks with your podiatrist. Your podiatrist can recommend the best treatment option for your specific case.

The Dry Needling Procedure

Before the procedure begins, the podiatrist will numb the area. Once the area is numb, the podiatrist will use an ultrasound machine to visualize the plantar fascia.

When the plantar fascia is visualized, the plantar fascia will be punctured with a needle. Using the ultrasound machine gives the podiatrist the ability to place the needle directly into the painful area of the plantar fascia with absolute precision.

After the plantar fascia has been cut with the needle, a steroid is placed carefully exactly where the patient has been feeling pain. The ultrasound machine will again be used for precise placement.

The steroid will help reduce inflammation in the area, which decreases the likelihood of a plantar fascia rupture. Since the patient’s foot has been numbed, the procedure should be totally painless aside from the numbing injections.

After the Procedure

The patient will need to wear a walking boot on the foot for a week to ten days after the procedure. Wearing the walking boot gives the foot time to begin healing before the patient begins walking normally again. When the walking boot is no longer needed, the patient should still take precautions and should wear stable shoes with arch supports or orthotic devices for another several weeks. Of course, it may take longer for some patients to heal. The time it takes for you to heal will depend on your specific case.

In most cases, the patient’s foot will be tender for several days after the procedure is performed. However, the pain can usually be controlled using over-the-counter pain medications, like ibuprofen or Tylenol. (Remember to always consult a physician before taking any medication. Even taking over-the-counter medication incorrectly or regularly can be harmful). If the pain does not go away with over-the-counter pain medications, contact your podiatrist.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, you can contact us using the appointment request or contact us form. You can also call the Neuhaus Foot and Ankle office at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. 



Neuhaus Foot & Ankle
300 Stonecrest Blvd. Suite 450
Smyrna, TN 37167
(615) 220-8788