There are many “solutions” for plantar fasciitis. One of the newer solutions people are discussing is dry needling. Does dry needling work? Well, it depends on what is causing the plantar fasciitis.
All heel pain is not plantar fasciitis. Therefore, one should have it professionally diagnosed. The next step should be to determine what is causing the fasciitis. Once the diagnosis and cause are determined, a treatment plan can be established. The plan, the way I treat it, is not a menu treatment plan that one often is told to follow. I feel the best plan is to address not only the pain but the cause.
What is dry needling?
Dry needling is inserting a needle into the muscle, just below the skin. This typically occurs at a trigger point. A trigger point is a “Knot” or sore area in the muscle. This may cause the muscle to spasm or tighten up. The goal of needling is to reduce the knot and the muscle spasm.
So, does this help plantar fasciitis?
If the cause of the plantar fasciitis is a tight calf muscle, as sometimes is the case, then dry needling may help. However, a tight calf muscle in many cases is not the primary cause but rather an aggravating factor. If this is the case, it may help a little but it may not be enough.
Overall, dry needling seems to be helpful for many conditions but should not be the primary treatment for plantar fasciitis.