Mobilization is recognised and certified by the Australian Podiatry Council. It is a gentle hands-on technique that is often also used by physios. Mobilization is used on stiff or poorly aligned joints or bones to improve the function of the joint and increase the available range of motion. This allows the joint to move more freely without resistance and so allows for better function during gait. Each joint is mobilized by gently and slowly moving it through the normal range of motion. This not only helps to improve the range of motion of the joint by breaking adhesions but can also improve the alignment of the bones that make up that joint.
A mobilisation is an important tool that is used to help treat the cause of the problem rather than only treating the symptoms. If a joint has been stiff or poorly aligned for a long period of time, there is often coexisting reduced muscle strength and control contributing to the issue which needs to be addressed as well. To do this we may give you some simple exercises to do at home.
People who benefit from foot and ankle mobilization normally present initially complaining of issues such as sore or aching feet, poor balance, general pain and tightness or heaviness and stiffness of the feet and ankles.
Mobilization can be useful in treating many feet and ankle conditions, including but not limited to:
- Heel pain and plantar fasciitis
- Chronis or long-term foot pain
- Flat feet
- Feet with high arches
- Stiff or weak ankles
- Ankles that have been recently injured or sprained
- Sore or tight calves
- Arch pain
- Generally aching feet
- Bunions and toe deformities (E.g. Hammer or claw toes)
- Bursitis and neuroma’s
- Achilles pain
- Shin soreness or shin splints