Pain in the foot and ankle can be a result of reduced flexibility in the joints. This can be due to a single injury or the result of overuse over time. Restriction in just one joint in the foot can affect the entire chain of movement thereby creating a block in the kinetic chain. In the case of a specific injury you may get muscle inhibition and swelling that further reduces natural movement. Scar tissue laid down after the injury, that consists mainly of type three collagen, has reduced tensile properties and is not as good at tolerating load. Foot mobilisation works to regain some of the reduced movement in the foot and ankle to get you back to enjoying your favourite activities again.
With respect to overload, this may happen over weeks months or years. You may have increased how much you train or changed how or where you train. Injuries commonly occur when your body is tired. Your muscle movement patterns change and your ability to withstand load reduces.
You may be in a job where you have to stand for prolonged periods, or you’ve been running on hard surfaces such as pavements for years. Maybe you have just changed your training program and you sustained an injury or your getting pain from this. You may even have injured yourself 20 years ago and have a foot or ankle restriction that has never got quite back to the way it was.
Foot mobilisation therapy and foot manipulation is a hands on treatment of the foot and ankle. The treatment is aimed at restoring your foot and ankles’ natural movement and flexibility. The treatment varies between gentle movements with some more firm mobilisation applications. There may be some tenderness, but we work below what is deemed painful. Sometimes you will experience instant change, and other times it takes a little longer to appreciate the subtle changes over time . More permanent change happens over time with several treatments. The number of treatments depends on the nature of your foot and ankle problem. You may be given specific exercises to improve your strength and flexibility.
Working through your range of motion of your foot and ankle we will find where the restrictions are. This in combination with specific movement tests you will be given a treatment plan to reduce pain and improve function.
The gentle mobilisations aim to restore your foot and ankle range of motion, allowing improved function with a reduced pain.