Foot mobilisation is a hands on technique that we frequently use at the Northern Foot Clinic. The technique can assist in restoring your foot and leg joint mobility and functionality. Our podiatrists have many years’ experience and training utilising multiple hands on techniques which may assist in reducing your pain and improving mobility.
Our foot mobilisation techniques are used on a daily basis for conditions such as heel pain (plantar fasciitis), chronic ankle pain, neuromas, cuboid syndrome, pain in the ball of the foot and general foot pain.
Foot mobilisation has been successful for many of our clients to assist in improving the effectiveness of their orthotic devices or in some cases to do without devices.
Prescription orthoses more commonly termed “orthotics’ are customised innersoles that are made from a cast of your foot.
People of all ages may wear orthoses. Foot orthoses can be used to treat foot and leg pain that is recent or has been there for many years. Sports people are often prescribed sports style orthoses to assist in peak performance or to address sporting injuries. People with feet who are experiencing excessive loading in their feet that may be causing corns, callus or ulcer may be prescribed offloading orthoses.
Conditions that we commonly treat with orthoses are heel pain, stress fractures, pain under the ball of the foot, foot pain and ongoing ankle sprains. At the Northern Foot Clinic, we have been using a weight bearing casting technique for several years to ensure your corrective devices are as comfortable as possible whilst maximising your perfect postural position. Foot orthoses should be comfortable and we are continually striving to ensure our clients experience maximum foot comfort.
At the Northern Foot Clinic we believe ensuring you are able to get the most out of your feet and orthoses. Assessment for orthoses involve looking at your foot and leg mobility and functionality through multiple tests and analysis. At your assessment we will look at your footwear and discuss what footwear will best assist in improving your foot posture.
During your biomechanical assessment we may identify muscle tightness or weakness and you may be prescribed exercises or stretches to improve your postural position and movement.
Different types of orthotics are available depending on your lifestyle factors, footwear, occupation and foot requirements.
Children’s feet and leg Assessments
Children’s feet are not smaller adult feet they are still growing and developing and are therefore more vulnerable to undesirable forces. The podiatrists at The Northern Foot Clinic will thoroughly assess your child’s foot to identify risk factors and advise you on the best course of action. During the consult a thorough developmental history will be taken and we request that you bring with you to the appointment information regarding your childs birth, developmental history, physical milestones, footwear and your concerns.
Gait analysis, biomechanical and posture assessment
As part of your assessment of your foot and leg pain a gait analysis of walking and running patterns may be assessed this is to enable us in gaining insight to how you move. The gait analysis may be performed along a walkway or on a treadmill depending on the information we are assessing.
A biomechanical process is a form of assessment where the podiatrists will assess joint range of motion and position from the hips to the foot and take measurements. The posture assessment involves looking at the position of your foot and how the whole body stands at rest.
Joint and muscle testing
The podiatrist may assess your joints to investigate the type of motion, what joints move well, what joints don’t how your feet compare to one another and how they compare to other people’s feet. The podiatrists at The Northern Foot clinic have had their hands on literally thousands of feet so have vast experience to draw upon.
Muscle testing can be performed to assess strength, weakness, tone and dysfunction of the muscles that foot and lower limb function
Dry Needling/ Trigger Point Therapy
Our podiatrists have undergone further training in myofascial trigger point therapy and may be able to assist in improving pain and function through use of this modality.
Trigger points are irritable areas of muscle tissue that can cause pain and muscle dysfunction. The Northern foot clinic podiatrists have been using this technique for several years to assist many people deactivate irritable trigger points. Deactivation of trigger points commonly involves the use of very fine acupuncture needles and most people report they are unable to feel the needle; however manual techniques/cold laser may be used as an alternative in some situations. Some of the conditions that have responded well include heel pain, shin splints, calf pain/tightness, foot pain, foot and leg cramps.
Diabetes Foot Assessments
People with diabetes can experience many changes in the foot predominately circulation, sensation and joint range of motion. The podiatrists at The Northern Foot clinic will assess the vascular, neurological, dermatological and biomechanical status of your foot to identify your risk of developing diabetes related foot complications. After your risk factors have been identified we will work with you and other health professionals involved in your diabetes care to assist you in preventing diabetes related foot problems.
At the Northern Foot Clinic we use Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) sometimes referred to as Cold laser. The invisible wavelength penetrates deeply into the tissue (unlike visible red wavelengths).
At the tissue level the laser causes various photochemical reactions; The light energy (via photons) is converted to chemical energy in the mitochondria of the tissue cells, which assists the healing at cellular level.
Therefore laser can assist with:
- Wound healing and tissue repair
- Swelling and Lymphoedema
- Sprains and Strains
- Muscle spasm
- Deactivation of trigger points
- Reduce musculoskeletal and nerve pain
- Reduce inflammation
Is it safe?
This unit does not generate heat in the tissue and is a Class 1 laser making it safe to use in all conditions. It can be used over implants, including pacemakers, breast implants and orthopaedic implants. The laser is safe to use in pregnancy and for children. Laser has an insignificant effect on healthy tissue
The laser is painless and it is likely you will only feel the pressure of the unit in contact with the skin.
*The Northern Foot Clinic is a BUPA members first provider offering gap free kids podiatry for selected BUPA members!
Your Next Step Forward should you suffer from foot pain and feet complaints is to see your local podiatrist at our Gawler and Elizabeth clinics.
We’ll put you in the right direction with expert foot care that’ll get you mobile and walking.