The human foot and ankle is a strong, complex and brilliant mechanical structure comprising 26 bones, over 100 ligaments, 20 intrinsic (foot) muscles, and attachments for 12 extrinsic (leg) muscles.
Foot and Ankle Mobilisation Technique (FMT) is a manual or ‘hands-on’ therapy, specifically developed to improve your foot and ankle function by targeting stiff, dysfunctional, stiff joints. It is suitable for conditions such as non-specific aching feet, arthritis, flat feet, high arched feet, bunions, stiff toes and ankle pain, and conditions such as cuboid syndrome.
Joints, ligaments and muscles in your feet and ankles can become stiff, weak and painful following injury, overuse, arthritis, or after surgery. These joints, ligaments and muscles can be successfully treated using FMT – relieving pain and restoring / improving biomechanical function.
Following assessment, FMT targets the joints in the foot and ankle which are stiff, poorly aligned and painful, with the aim of improving their function, biomechanics, and ultimately reducing pain.
Consider a stiff ankle; here the joint range of motion (dorsiflexion) should be around 10 -20 degrees. If this is reduced, then compensation occurs, as overuse, in other areas – resulting in pain.
Should you have surgical fixations (screws) in your feet or ankles, this must be discussed and assessed during your initial consultation; in such cases mobilisation will not work in these areas.