Foot Mobilisation Techniques (FMT) is a hands-on approach to improve foot and ankle joint health. This non-invasive technique targets poorly aligned joints that have reduced mobility. Often stiff joints cause pain and can lead to other musculoskeletal conditions and injuries because the foot and ankle isn’t able to move properly. Injuries to ligament, muscle, tendon and joint can also cause a joint to become stiff meaning there can a chicken or the egg causality dilemma. Was the stiffness due to an injury or vise versa? Thankfully, podiatrists can usually answer this question with a thorough musculoskeletal and biomechanical examination.

FMT combines podiatric biomechanical knowledge with manual skills that have evolved from physiotherapy, chiropractic and osteopathy. FMT involves a podiatrist guiding the movement of foot and ankle joints with their hands. This controlled movement encourages joints to move through their natural range of motion and restore function. An improvement in joint function often results in reduced pain. FMT promotes joint fluid production which improves overall joint integrity. Foot posture is returned to normal by correcting joint mal-alignment.
By releasing pressure built up within a joint, results can be felt from the initial mobilisation. Usually multiple sessions of FMT are required to achieve optimal joint range of motion. Stretching and strengthening exercises are prescribed to ensure long-lasting results from FMT. Podiatrists may also use other hand-on techniques such as massage, superficial dry needling and myofascial cupping to resolve an injury.
FMT is a simple and quick treatment for joints with reduced mobility. Conditions that are often a result of reduced joint mobility include:
• Heel pain
• Ball of foot pain
• Sesamoiditis
• Achilles tendinopathy
• Toe deformities such as bunions, hammer toes and claw toes
• Sore, flat feet
• Ankle injuries
• Cuboid syndrome
• Stiff, high arched feet
By treating stiff joints, FMT will help to alleviate these conditions. FMT is a safe and valuable podiatric tool to improve alignment, function and pain.