Do you suffer with Foot Pain?
Foot Pain can be a really annoying problem. Pain in your feet can reduce your ability to be active, prevent you from wearing the shoes that you love and can really impact the quality of your life. A recent survey by the Australasian Podiatry Council found that 63% of Australians have suffered foot pain with over two thirds of those in the last 12 months. This is not so surprising when you consider that the average person will walk 128,000 kilometres in a lifetime, the equivalent to three times round the earth.
So, if you are experiencing foot pain such as: Heel Pain, Arch Pain, Ankle Pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Morton’s Neuroma, Bunions, Hammer/Claw Toes, Achilles Tendon Pain, Tired Aching Feet, Weak Ankles… and it’s not getting better then you may need professional help!
“Choosing the right practitioner for your foot and leg problems will improve your health outcomes, get you results quicker, save you money in the long run and put a spring back in your step faster, allowing you to wear the shoes that you love and live your life to full”
– Michael Talbot
The most common types of Foot Pain are:
Aching / Tired Feet
Tired aching feet after activity or at the end of the day is often due to the excessive work rate and use of our muscles. Muscles can overwork because of joint displacement / misalignment and the total amount of activity that you do. Our feet function a bit like the wheels on a car and we all know that if the tyres are not aligned properly they will wear out quicker and they will reduce the driving and performance ability of the car. So, if you have tired and aching feet then it may be time to get your wheels (feet) checked to make sure they are performing at their best. In most cases using a combination of specialised manual therapy techniques called Foot Mobilisation Therapy (FMT) and specific corrective foot exercises your foot function can be realigned putting a spring back in your step again.
Bunions occur when the joint of the big toe deviates from its alignment and becomes enlarged. Because the big toe is pivotal in your body’s movement – acting as the base for walking and running – a weak and unstable base will often produce a bunion and lead to excruciating pain. To improve the pain and to stop the bunion from becoming worse, Foot Mobilisation Therapy (FMT) is used to stabilise the area and make it stronger. In cases where the problem is identified early and appropriate treatment applied, surgery may not be needed.
This condition is often associated with the ankles excessively rolling in and the foot arch lowering and flattening. Essentially, the foot becomes very unstable and the bones are loose. Due to this, other parts of the body may compensate such as your knees, hip and back and the tendons and muscles may also be forced to work harder. This often results in feet that constantly ache and are tired. Using Foot Mobilisation Therapy (FMT) and targeted exercises you can improve the ankle’s strength and ability to cope with the impact of daily life.
When a person has flat feet, the body experiences an imbalance in the amount of impact and load bearing in muscles and joints. Having flat feet is a normal variation in the anatomy of the human foot. Flat Feet only become a problem when they create compensations that result in excessive physical load to the body and this can result in pain and dysfunction. Foot Mobilisation Therapy (FMT) can be used with targeted exercises to strengthen muscles and restore the arch, thereby also improving alignment of the joint. In cases where the foot is excessively flexible and flat the use of special shoe inserts (orthotic insoles) may be indicated to support the arch and reduce the load to foot.
Hammer or claw toes are just as the name suggests, toes that have a hammer or claw like appearance. They develop because the foot is not working effectively and the toes are constantly gripping the ground. To repair this condition, Foot Mobilisation Therapy (FMT) can be used to strengthen, stabilise and stretch the muscles and toes, improving alignment and function. In advanced cases surgery may be indicated
Heel Pain, Plantar Fasciitis
A common condition where the plantar fascia and heel tissues are over worked and become damaged and inflamed. This is often due to mechanical compensations in the tissues around the heel due to joint displacement. Because the heel is responsible for absorbing so much shock, any joint displacement can impact the bones, tendons and ligaments that are around the heel and result in pain.
Over time excessive load and strain to the heel bone can also result in a spur. A heel spur is simply the body responding to the bone stress by depositing extra bone to strengthen the area. Heel spurs are typically not painful or the cause of heel pain. They may or may not be present in cases of heel pain.
Heel pain can be repaired with Foot Mobilisation Therapy (FMT) and corrective exercises resorting muscle function, joint range of motion and alignment and soft tissue strain.
The problem with high arches is that they reduce the ability of the feet to perform their shock absorption role. High arches typically don’t absorb the shock required for optimal foot, leg and body function. As a result, other parts of the body, such as hips, knees and the lower back, take up the shock and work harder than they should. This can result in strain and pain. Using exercises and manual therapy techniques such as Foot Mobilisation Therapy (FMT) foot flexibility and shock absorption can be restored.
This condition typically arises when the nerve sheath experiences abnormal levels of pressure becoming inflamed and thickened. This is usually the result of constant irritation by the surrounding bone structures and can be increased by collapsing of the metatarsal arch at the ball of the foot. It is normally found between the toes of the foot, most commonly the 3rd and 4th toes. A sign you have this condition is an electrical pulsing that shoots from the ball of the foot to the toes. Sometimes burning or numbness in the toes is also reported. To overcome this condition, a Foot Mobilisation Therapy (FMT) program will strengthen and mobilise the body to restore the arch that has collapsed and reduce pressure on the nerve.
If you think you may have one of these problems, any other foot problem causing you grief or you are dissatisfied with your current treatment outcomes, then please contact us today.
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