The Sportsphysio.com Functional Feet treatment can give tired, aching feet a new lease of life.
The foot is a complex structure, consisting of 26 small bones and numerous joints, each with a different and important function. Many muscles and tendons of the foot occupy tight, cramped spaces.
Carrying the load
Our feet carry our full body weight and each pound of weight places a stress equal to seven pounds on the ankle joint.
People who stand on their feet all day, walkers, runners and climbers often suffer from aches and pains in the foot and many consider this a normal part of daily life. However, tightened structures can put undue stress on the joints of the foot causing us to walk awkwardly, damaging cartilage, tendons and ligaments.
Previous injuries or surgery to the foot and ankle may make joints susceptible to Osteoarthritis.
The ageing foot
As the foot ages, tendons and ligaments tighten, joint spaces narrow and structures become less flexible. Resulting in Stiffness, restricted movement and sometimes pain and swelling in the foot and ankle. In severe cases, this may refer problems to the knee, hip and lower back.
Conditions such as plantar fasciits may develop as a result of stiffening of the foots’ bony structure. In fact, most of the patients we see suffering from this painful condition, are aged over 40.
Connective tissue techniques and massage make the tendons, fascia and muscles more supple, while gentle mobilisation of the joints, applied through their correct planes of motion help restore the true function of the foot, increasing flexibility, range of motion and improving gait.
This foot treatment is generally preventative, rather than being aimed at the injured foot and is ideal for those who spend long hours on their feet.
Many of our patients say that they feel like they have ‘new feet’ after this treatment and are genuinely amazed at how different they feel.
This short video from eMedTV gives an insight into the structure of the ankle joint.