Chiropodists are known to assess and treat the biomechanics of the foot and lower extremity. They can prescribe and make custom orthotics for a variety of foot issues. Chiropodists also provide other podiatric foot care. This includes treatment for ingrown toenails, corns, calluses and warts on the foot. Our Oakville Chiropodist assesses the foot and discusses with each patient treatment options. There are a few treatment options for plantar warts that a Chiropodist can provide. Dry needling is one of the treatments for plantar warts that the general public may not be aware of.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling for plantar warts is the use of a fine needle to treat the plantar wart. During this treatment the Chiropodist uses the needle to pierce the skin, and force the infected down into the lower layers. Pushing the affected tissue down to where the immune system is more active, allows the body’s natural immune response a greater chance at targeting the problem area.
The majority of cases of plantar warts can be resolved with one round of dry needling treatment. Many people are worried that dry needling warts may be painful. The procedure for warts is actually considered a minor surgical procedure. It is performed under local anaesthesia, so pain during the procedure is not a large concern. As offputting as needles may be for this type of procedure, if you have a single plantar wart or a cluster that is expanding, dry needling may be a less painful and more effective way to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.