No one has ever said to our podiatrists that they enjoy getting an injection in their foot. However, for some people, needle phobia is a very real and distressing concern, which may mean they avoid getting certain treatments because of a deep fear of the possibility of having an injection like a local anaesthetic.
Our practice has always been very conscious of this, and we do our best to cater for patients with needle phobia. We take a proactive role in managing needle phobia.
Some of the techniques we use include;
- using equipment and manual techniques to reduce the pain of the injection (eg small diameter needles, and skilled administration techniques)
- topical anaesthesia prior to injection (eg EMLA and ethyl chloride spray)
- clinical psychological techniques to distract and reduce anxiety associated with injections
- medications to reduce anxiety and discomfort associated with the injection
, he is able to assist with the use of certain medications that can assist reduce the fear and pain of injections, for example;
- oral benzodiazepine medication (to reduce anxiety)
- inhalation analgesia (eg Penthrox – aka “the green whistle” [methoxyflurane]) to reduce anxiety and pain
So, if you have a real fear of injections, and worry that a trip to the podiatrist to fix something like a painful ingrown toenail is too distressing, please contact us and we can put your mind at ease.