InStep Foot Clinic

The Specialists in
Podiatric Medicine

Opening Hours

Monday: 8.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Wednesday: 8.00am - 8.30pm
Thursday: 8.00am - 6.00pm
Friday: 8.00am - 2.00pm


01780 783982


What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of healthcare devised by the Chinese and other eastern cultures. It describes a number of techniques which involve puncturing the skin with sterile, single use needles. The most common use at InStep Foot Clinic is in pain relief for the following conditions:

• Arthritis
• Hip & knee problems
• Lower limb sports injuries
• Plantar fasciitis
• Achilles tendonitis
• Neuropathic conditions

Most commonly a treatment will involve the insertion of between 2-16 needles for between 2 and 10 minutes over a course of 6 weeks.

Does Acupuncture work?

Yes it does, but not for every patient, Success can depend upon a number of factors which might include:

• General health
• Severity & duration of the condition
• Past management of the condition

It is important to remember that no two people are alike. Indeed it is one of the strengths of Acupuncture that we are able to treat patients individually to get better results.

Acupuncture works on the accepted principle of peripheral nerve stimulation. These nerves are stimulated by the needles, which in turn allows painful impulses to reach centres in the brain that detect and interpret pain impulses. It has also been demonstrated to stimulate the release of endorphins - naturally occurring pain relieving chemicals.

What Happens During Treatment?

Your medical history will be checked to ensure you are suitable to receive Acupuncture. The needles are then inserted into the skin. This is not painful as the needles are so fine. Once the needles are in place you may feel a mild ache, numbness, warm or heavy sensation at or around the needle. This should not be unpleasant. Indeed these are signs that the body’s inbuilt pain relief mechanisms are being stimulated.

When Should Acupuncture be used With Caution?

You must inform your Podiatrist if you:

• Have haemophilia
• You are pregnant/trying to conceive
• Suffer from epilepsy
• Have a weak immune system
• Have a heart pacemaker
• Are taking blood thinning medication
• Are diabetic

These conditions do not exclude you from having Acupuncture but they will influence its application.

When Should it not be Used?

There are certain circumstances where Acupuncture should not be used. These are:

• If you have a known allergy to stainless steel
• If you have a needle phobia
• If you have a known infection in the area to be needled

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes. The results of two independent surveys published in the BMJ in 2001 concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to Acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. Responses can include tiredness, slight dizziness, very minor bruising.