“Podiatry and acupuncture are not words you often hear used in the same sentence! But my work in the Tasmanian Health Service showed me that a multidisciplinary approach can have great benefit, so I am also trained as an acupuncturist,” says Junction podiatrist Elissa Beaton.
Many patients don’t realise that podiatrists are qualified to use needling techniques associated with musculoskeletal treatments in the management of podiatric conditions. Some podiatrists like Elissa further draw on acupuncture as a technique and include it in treatment plans.
Studies have shown acupuncture to be effective in relieving otherwise unresponsive chronic foot pain. Electrical stimulation of acupoints on the feet could increase blood flow to the foot and lower leg.
Anecdotally, we have observed great success using different techniques to relieve pain associated with the ankle, heel, and ball of the foot. Elissa has skills in acupuncture which she uses to help a variety of patients, such as those who suffer from chemotherapy-related conditions and pain. She consults at Junction on a Thursday, Friday and every second Monday.
If you are living with unresponsive chronic foot pain, talk to Junction Foot and Ankle Group about ensuring all options have been explored. Book in an appointment to see us on 9250 1676 or follow the link to book online.