Podiatric Joint Mobilisation, Cannington

The anatomy of the foot, ankle and lower leg is extremely complex, with a very large number of bones and joints. Some of these have very large natural ranges of movement; the range of others is very small. All, however, need to enjoy their full, natural range, and many podiatric problems are related to restricted articulation and can be treated with joint mobilisation. This can result in a variety of complaints, including:

  • Numb toes – you should always seek treatment for numb toes. Causes range from direct pressure on the toes, pinching the nerves, to irritation of the nerves of the lower back. Diabetes, which impairs the peripheral blood circulation, can also cause toe numbness.
  • Achilles tendonitis – restricted articulation can cause the Achilles tendon to be over-stressed, leading to a painful inflammation.
  • Sesamoiditis – sesamoid bones are a small bones formed entirely within a ligament. Most of us have two in each foot, in the tendon that serves the great toe. Inflammation usually occurs through excessive loading of the ball of the foot, often in connection with athletic activity.
  • Pain in the heel – often pain which is ascribed to heel spurs is actually the consequence of misalignment and restricted articulation which has led to inflammation of the insertion of the heel’s ligaments.

Foot Mobilisation Technique is employed to optimise, natural movement to the many joints of the foot. The process is painless and gentle, and is performed after careful diagnosis, in a logical sequence designed to reach the ultimate source of the problem, via the many secondary sites of immobility to which it has given rise. We combine this mobilisation technique with a regime of stretch- and- strengthen exercise, to build long- term robustness and resistance to the recurrence of the problem.

To learn more about how joint mobilisation can help you, contact Cannington Podiatry today.