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Introducing Foot Mobilisation

We are excited to introduce Foot Mobilisation to our range of treatments. This treatment combines a sophisticated understanding of foot and leg biomechanics with a specific tried and tested joint mobilisation protocol. Through a series of ‘hands on’ Foot Mobilisation treatment sessions we will aim to improve the position and function of all the joints of the foot.

 

Foot Mobilisation includes working with both the joints and soft tissue of the foot:

  • Joint mobilisation is a gentle but firmly applied level of force to a joint, by your skilled podiatrist, moving it in a desired direction. Because of its slow and gentle approach, you, as the patient, are always in control. The intent is to improve / restore quality and range of movement to a joint, which has become limited in its ability to readily glide.
  • Soft tissue mobilisation is a broad subject but essentially involves different grades of force, via differing massage techniques, being applied to tissues (eg muscles, skin) by your podiatrist. The intention of this is a positive change in the quality of movement in tissues that have may become restricted.

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Most rehabilitation treatments have limitations when applied alone. Mobilisation, is therefore, often provided (though not exclusively) as part of an overall care pathway and benefits need to be seen in that context. Equally, treatments can have short-term and long-term effects. The rest of the care pathway may well further enhance short-term benefits. An example might be to combine foot mobilisation with soft tissue exercise to gain most benefit. Conversely, when stretching reaches a plateau, ankle joint mobilisation may improve the situation.

Importantly, an individual’s response to various treatment interventions can differ from person to person. In other word’s not all people respond the same to a treatment in the same way.


What are the benefits of this treatment?

  • Can aid identify where restriction in a joint’s capacity for movement in a direction which direction may lie.
  • Decreases tension in surrounding tissues of the joints.
  • Restore range and quality of motion to the joint.
  • Can aid reduction of, and relieve, pain and painful movements.
  • Encourages production of fresh synovial fluid into the joint to aid mobility.
  • Contribute significantly to an overall care pathway.

 

Are there any risks involved?

Our podiatrists are aware of indications and contraindications for treatment and will work accordingly. If you have any concerns please speak with them.

Risks with treatment can vary depending on the part of the body being treated, especially areas such as the neck where many vital structures can be found. Within the foot and ankle important structures exist but mobilisation risks to them are much less in comparison. The main ones are:

  • Some discomfort may occur when tissues are being stretched in a mobilisation.
  • Bone fracture, via mobilisation, is quite rare in the foot and ankle and is one reason we ask about any conditions you have that might suggest bone weakness.
  • Nerve irritation can occur but this is very rare in regards the level of force we use in mobilising the foot and ankle.

 

Foot Mobilisation can gain outstanding results for plantar fasciitis, heel pain, morton's neuoma, achilles tendinopathy and more! Contact us today for more information!

 

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