Foot mobilisation therapy (FMT) is a common therapeutic method that can be used in podiatry to treat musculoskeletal injuries and conditions of the lower leg and feet. The aim is to help the structures of your foot and ankle function more efficiently by releasing tension and improving alignment within the joints. It is a manual therapy which involves moving, manipulating and mobilising the joints of the feet.
What Can FMT Be Used For?
FMT can be used to treat a range of conditions seen in a podiatry setting including:
- Cuboid syndrome.
- Pes planus (flat) feet.
- Forefoot injuries such as a Morton’s neuroma.
- Ankle instability.
What Does It Feel Like?
FMT is a gentle manipulation of the joints and should not be painful. In order for the joints to be mobilised effectively, force needs to be applied to the joints. This can be slightly uncomfortable initially but as the joint begins to work through the range of motion, patients often describe a feeling of relief or pressure release.
How Can It Help With My Injury/Condition?
FMT is able to improve the function within the lower legs and feet by:
- Improving the range of motion of the joints to allow more fluid and efficient movements.
- Improving the alignment of bones to their ideal position.
- Improves postural stability and balance by allowing the joints to function properly.
- Reducing pain by reducing.
- Allows the structures to heal properly, while also stimulating the production of fluid within the joint that is necessary for motion.
What Does A Typical FMT Treatment Plan Involve?
The evidence suggests that initially, FMT can be performed 1-2 times per week for a few weeks. This differs between patients and is assessed based on a case by case basis. FMT is often incorporated into a treatment plan that may also include strengthening exercises, other therapies such as trigger point dry needling and orthotics.