Joint mobilisation is a manual therapy technique that can be a very useful and effective adjunct to other foot treatment approaches.

The process involves gentle, pain-free movements of the foot, ankle and lower leg that can increase joint flexibility and muscle strength. By altering the neuromuscular function within the foot, the overall foot function can be improved.

The foot comprises 33 joints in total, with all them contributing to healthy foot function through their ability to glide between one another whilst walking, running, standing and jumping. Any limitation of the glide in any joint may cause a change in the workings of the foot which could lead to tissue stress, injury and possible alteration in the way we walk.

Joint mobilisation techniques can be used to treat a variety of common foot conditions.  In fact, there are very few foot conditions that would not benefit from such treatment.  The most frequent applications for joint mobility would be general pain, post-surgical rehabilitation, inflamed nerves, subluxation of joints (a misalignment), and joint stiffness. Here are just some of the conditions that could be treated:

  • Neuromas
  • Joint pain
  • Arthritis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis

Mobilisation is a most effective treatment for a number of foot ailments, provided there is some regularity established with your podiatrist. An initial six, weekly sessions is usually sufficient to see an improvement in foot health.

Here at Bentley Podiatry we are always available to discuss and assist with your foot health and foot care issues.

Contact Bentley Podiatry today for more information.