Flexor Digitorum Brevis Muscle Dry Needling Changes Surface and Plantar Pressures: A Pre-Post Study.
Life (Basel). 2021 Jan 13;11(1):
Authors: Martínez-Jiménez EM, Losa-Iglesias ME, Antolín-Gil MS, López-López D, Romero-Morales C, Benito-de-Pedro M, Calvo-Lobo C, Becerro-de-Bengoa-Vallejo R
BACKGROUND: The effects of the dry needling technique and pain reduction have been demonstrated in numerous quality studies. However, the mechanical effects of dry needling are largely unknown.
METHODS: A total of 18 subjects with flexor digitorum brevis muscle myofascial trigger point were evaluated pre- and post-deep dry needling. We measured static footprint variables in a pre-post study.
MAIN FINDINGS: We found differences in rearfoot maximum pressure (119.22-111.63 KPa; p = 0.025), midfoot maximum pressure (13.68-17.26 KPa; p = 0.077), midfoot medium pressure (4.75-6.24 KPa; p = 0.035) and forefoot surface (86.58-81.75 cm2; p = 0.020). All variables with significant differences decrease, with the exception of forefoot surface which showed an increase.
CONCLUSIONS: After flexor digitorum brevis muscle dry needling, midfoot plantar pressures (maximum and medium) and forefoot surface were increased, and rearfoot maximum pressure was decreased.
PMID: 33451013 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]