With 33 joints in each foot that all have a chain effect on one another, foot mobilisation is founded in the principle that when one or multiple joints in the chain are stiff, restricted or misaligned, the reverberating effects and the dysfunctional way in which your body then moves is a prominent a source of pain and injury.
Foot mobilisation works by freeing up the joints, helping to break down scar tissue that may be causing restrictions, promoting the increase of synovial joint fluid to lubricate the joints, and helping to relieve pain. When it comes to using foot mobilisation as part of injury recovery, when the feet can work optimally, it means that injured tissues are in the best position for healing and repair with minimal strain, while optimising your stability on your feet.
We use foot mobilisation effectively for both new and longstanding injuries, including those with recurring foot pain and those whose problems are linked to their joints and interruptions to the healthy way in which their feet should be moving. This includes:
Foot mobilisation is more of a gentle treatment, but does use pressure to help effectively mobilise your joints the way we need to to produce the results you need. While it is usually not painful, you may experience some temporary tenderness as we work on areas where you have an injury or are experiencing foot pain.
Foot pain is almost always a multifaceted problem with multiple causes – while joint stiffness and restrictions may be one of them, there could be many others like your foot biomechanics or posture, footwear, your training technique – just to name a few. As such, it’s important to address all of the factors using our other proven techniques, with foot mobilisation as one important part of the plan.
Yes, there are some cases where foot mobilisation is unlikely to be an effective treatment for you, such as if you have a foot fracture (or suspected fracture), joint fusions, osteochondral lesions, or hypermobile joints.