Foot Mobilisation Therapy (FMT) is a highly effective and specialised treatment method, which only few Podiatrist’s have completed additional training in globally. The practice of FMT involves assessing and treating joints and muscles, which helps to determine areas of restriction in your foot and ankle.
Your Podiatrist will identify specific movement patterns within your feet, and then gently mobilise or manipulate the area to restore a normal range of motion. FMT works specifically on joints which are stiff, poorly aligned or not functioning as they should. It is through various hands on therapies of mobilisation and manipulation, coupled with a home exercise program that optimum joint functioning and pain free motion can be achieved. In certain cases orthotic therapy will also be advised.
The science behind Foot Mobilisation
The practice of FMT itself is recognized and certified by the Australian Podiatry Council. Foot Mobilisation itself has been practised for many years, mainly by Physiotherapists and Chiropractor’s across Australia. In the last decade Podiatrist’s have implemented these techniques with their own clinical skills (of course for the feet and ankles). All of our mobilisation treatment regimes include a full home exercise program also, which is highly backed by evidence based research. As you can imagine if a joint restriction has been present for months or years, there is often poor muscle strength and control associated to the pathology. It is therefore of great importance that function is restored within the joints, muscles and with dynamic posture to address all areas in achieving an improved gait without pain.
What does it feel like?
FMT is a gentle hands on therapy. It involves working systematically on each and every bone and joint within the foot and ankle. While most of the treatment is focused on the foot and ankle, associated pain and dysfunction can occur at the knees, hips and lower back. As you can imagine, they are all connected! We will work through each of these joints with our treatment regime.
What treatment tools are used?
- Hand held activators – used to stimulate specific nerve endings in the feet, to regenerate and restore function
- Massage tools – used to relax muscles and soft tissues that are tight and under tension
- Hand held dynamometers – to measure muscle strength pre and post treatment intervention
Foot Mobilisation is a fantastic treatment option for:
- Heel pain and spurs
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Chronic Foot Pain
- Flat feet (excessive foot pronation)
- High arched feet (excessive foot supination)
- Stiff and weak ankles
- Sprained ankles
- Sore or tight calf muscles
- Osteoarthritis foot pain
- Arch pain
- Aching feet
- Hammer and clawed toes
- Achilles tendinopathy
If you’ve tried orthotics will little to no relief, mobilisation is your next step!