Our feet carry the special task of supporting our body and therefore if any pains or problems arise we recommend prompt attention and assessment.
You may be surprised to know that osteopaths can also assess foot and ankle function and may be of help in improving or restoring balanced mechanical movement to these important structures.
The foot is made up of 28 bones, 30 joints and more than 100 different muscles, tendons and ligaments, all of which work together to provide support, balance and mobility (1).
Presentations that we commonly see in clinic include, but are not limited to, acute ankle sprains, heel pain, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, metatarsal (ball of the foot) pain, and arthritis.
Our osteopaths use a combination of approaches including soft tissue techniques, joint mobilisation, rebalancing of ligaments, exercise advice and Low Level Laser Therapy.
Even old ankle sprains and foot injuries can sometimes continue to have an influence long after the initial injury, if motion has not been properly restored, and if a functional restriction persists, it may continue to influence your weight bearing and gait. Sometimes these unresolved issues can even contribute to symptoms in another area, for example the knee, hip or lower back. Through its holistic philosophy, osteopathy takes these relationships into account with the emphasis being on helping the body to relate better as a connected whole.
- Arthritis Foundation. (2019) Anatomy of the foot. Retrieved from https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/where-it-hurts/foot-heel-and-toe-pain/foot-anatomy.php