Acupuncture originated in China where it acquired an elaborate theoretical basis.


More recently it has been taken up by Western health professionals who have reinterpreted it in terms of modern anatomy, physiology and pathology. It is this type of acupuncture that we practice at the FOOT CLINIC. Which leads us to the question, which is better modern or traditional? Probably both versions are roughly similar in effectiveness but modern is generally quicker and easier to perform. There are also some techniques in the modern version that are not used in traditional acupuncture and which are particularly effective in certain circumstances e.g for the treatment of joint pain (arthritis).


Western Acupuncture has been found to work well for many painful foot and lower limb conditions such as:-



  • planter fasciitis
  • heel pain
  • joint pain e.g bunion pain
  • metatarsal
  • morton's neuroma
  • achilles tendonitis
  • chronic and acute ankle pain
  • ankle and knee instability
  • pain associated with hammer,claw,retracted and mallet toes
  • phantom limb pain
  • 'aching feet' with no symptoms
  • shin splints
  • knee pain
  • tibialis syndromes
  • post-fracture pain
  • restless leg syndrome
  • intermittent claudication
  • cramps
  • scars
  • arthritis (osteo and less frequently rheumatoid)