problems we solve

Foot pain, instability and poor alignment can cause knee, hip or back pain.

Foot Mobilisation helps to correct poor joint alignment, and when combined with a Structured Exercise Plan, leads to a more stable foot structure, without the need for orthotics or surgery, in many cases.

heel pain

Plantar Heel Pain occurs when the tissue that stretches between the heel and the toes becomes irritated or inflamed. Terms such as Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs,  Arch Pain or nerve entrapment can all cause heel pain.

Pain is generally felt in the heel, initially first thing in the morning, and can progress to any time of the day following periods of non weight bearing.   The main cause of heel pain is poor foot biomechanics that results in tissue stress. Any activity can result in heel pain being felt, but the root cause is excessive tissue stress.

It is so important to treat this early, so as it does not turn into a chronic injury lasting up to 2 years. We treat the root cause, to improve foot posture and alignment, aiding in a speedy recovery.

We treat Heel pain with Foot Mobilisation Therapy, which corrects the normal positioning of the displaced joints, and strengthening the surrounding muscles to stabilise the joint in its natural position.

Dry needling, acupuncture or Low Level Laser Therapy may also used to speed up the healing process.

bunions

Bunions are a result of structural changes in the bones of the foot, and progressively gets worse over time. The main sign of a bunion is deviation of the big toe in an inwards direction. Pain may or may not be present, however it is vital to have an early diagnosis and a treatment plan in place, as the condition deteriorates with time in the majority of cases.

Treating the underlying cause is vital. Unstable biomechanics causing walking and standing abnormalities is the primary cause. We treat bunions by using Foot Mobilisation Therapy to gently move joints back towards their correct position. The muscles are then stabilised and strengthened by using a Structured Exercise Plan to support the joints in their corrected position.

Bunions are a condition associated with other foot problems in a lot of cases. To reduce  the need for future surgery, the symptoms must be treated early, which will control further deformity and the result of increased pain.

ankle pain

Pain around the ankles can be a results of a number factors. Rolling the ankle either inwards or outwards can cause a sprain. More traumatic causes from sports injuries or a fall from any height can also cause ankle ligament damage. Appropriate treatment of ankle pain is vital in restoring full function of the joint,  reducing stiffness in soft tissues, and being pain free.

Any injury to the ankle can result in a shift or displacement of bones within the ankle joint complex. This subluxation requires correct treatment to avoid permanent weakness and instability, and to avoid the likelihood of further injuries. Ankle injuries also cause other structures to compensate, which can lead to pain elsewhere in the foot, leg, knee, hip or back.

We treat ankle injuries with Foot Mobilisation Therapy, which corrects the normal positioning of the displaced joints, and strengthening the surrounding muscles to stabilise the joint in its natural position.

Dry needling, acupuncture or Low Level Laser Therapy may also used to speed up the healing process.

sports injuries

To participate in any sporting activity at your optimum level, your body has to be at its best. When the feet are out of alignment, no athlete can perform at their best. Injuries may result, the body may compensate in a way that may lead to injury elsewhere in the body.

Depending on what injury is determined, we treat Sports Injuries with Foot Mobilisation Therapy, which corrects the normal positioning of any displaced joints, and strengthens the surrounding muscles to stabilise the joint in its natural position.

Dry needling, acupuncture or Low Level Laser Therapy may also used to complement our other treatment modalities to speed up the healing process, in acute and subacute sports injuries, and for chronic musckuloskeletal pain.

metatarsalgia

Metatarslagia is a term used to describe pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. It is a common symptom of several foot conditions. Certain activities and poor foot alignment can inflame fluid sacs (bursitis) or nerve entrapments.

As Metatarsalgia is associated with numerous foot conditions, a thorough assessment will be carried out to determine the cause. A treatment plan will then be implemented to deal with the root cause.

arthritis

Osteoarthritis is associated with wear and tear on a joint. Abnormal foot alignment and joint positioning will cause poor function resulting in degeneration of the joint. Loss of synovial fluid – which acts as a joint lubricant is also reduced in cases of osteoarthritis, which increases the joint degeneration.

Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis are joint pain, stiffness, loss of joint movement spur growth and an enlarged/swollen joint.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease. It is not as common as osteoarthritis, but its effects can be more severe and debilitating.

Our treatment is aimed at stimulating the production of synovial fluid back into the joint and to improve the range of motion and alignment of the affected joints. Foot Mobilisation Therapy is a gentle hands on approach to treating arthritic joints, to improve quality of life and assist participation in activities that we all love to participate in.

clawed digits

Tight leg and foot muscles, gait problems or imbalance can cause the toes to compensate, leading to clawed digits and hammer toes. They should be treated early, to prevent a fixed joint which cannot be corrected without surgery. The root cause should be first identified and treated.

Initial symptoms of clawing and hammered toes are toes that either bend up or down. Pressure on the tops of the toes may cause friction, or corns on the areas that rub on footwear. In the early stages the digit is flexible, and can be treated with Foot Mobilisation Therapy, stretching and strengthening the muscles that are associated with this condition.

Clawed digits and Hammer toes are often associated with Bunions and other alignment problems.

Early intervention with our treatment plan, can prevent pain, further deterioration and the need for surgical intervention.

nerve pain

There are a number of nerve problems that affect the feet.

Morton`s Neuroma is a nerve entrapment that mostly affects the 3rd and 4th toes. Poor foot alignment and gait can cause the nerve to become inflammed causing localised pain and referred pain into the 3rd and 4th toes. The size of the entrapped nerve will get bigger over time, if suitable treatment is not commenced at an early stage.

Foot Mobilisation Therapy will treat gait and foot abnormalities to reduce pressure on this area. When combined with a Structured Exercise Plan, and correct footwear selection, this problem can be corrected without the need for surgery, or other drug intervention.

Peripheral neuropathy affects the peripheral nerves of the foot. There are number of factors which can lead to neuropathy, such as diabetes, poor nutrition, medications and treatments for other diseases are just a few causes. Symptoms may include numbness and tingling in the foot or  toes, cold or burning feet, unusual sensations in the feet and excessive sweating in the feet, just to name a few.
We treat Peripheral Neuropathy with a form of Acupuncture known as Western Medical Acupuncture. If you are needle phobic, we use Low Level Laser Therapy, as an alternative to acupuncture needles.

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