One of the techniques that I will be introducing to the students on this course is the treatment of lateral ankle pain using Dry Needling techniques.
You would not automatically think of treating lateral ankle pain using Dry Needling therapy but it really works.
Lateral ankle pain is usually caused by an inversion sprain due to a sporting injury but sometime the pain can be caused by trigger points that develop in the Peroneus longus, brevis & tertius.
Other than inversion sprains there are many other causes to lateral ankle pain including:
- Pes Planus
- Poor footwear
- High Arches
- Lateral weight bearing gait
Of course the cause of the ankle pain needs to be resolved before you can achieve long term pain relief but Dry Needling Therapy to the myofascial trigger points found in these muscles will help to relieve the presenting symptoms.
I recommend 2 x 0.25 x 30mm needles in the brevis & 1 in the tertius using a perpendicular insertion.
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Dr Wayne W Mahmoud
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