Heel pain is frequently caused by misalignment of the foot or stress on the muscles and tissue. Orthotics act to hold the foot in place, reducing this stress and essentially causing the foot to sit in the correct position by shaping it around the insole.
While orthotics may relieve heel pain while being worn, they rely on manually positioning the foot in place and do not assist in strengthening the muscles of the foot or correcting the misalignment that is the underlying cause of heel pain. This means that to be effective orthotics must continue to be worn long term.
While they are a common treatment option orthotics have a number of issues and restrictions such as:
The first step to successful heel pain treatment is to assess and determine the underlying cause of the pain. By identifying the specific misalignment, stress or inflammation and which parts of your foot are affected, we can determine an effective treatment plan, that will provide ongoing relief.
Alternative Foot Solutions utilise foot mobilisation, a gentle hands-on technique that corrects the alignment of the foot and in doing so, treats the underlying cause of your pain. It is a combination of hands-on techniques that change the alignment of the joints, stimulate the nervous system and strengthen the muscles that support those joints long term.
The benefits of foot mobilisation over orthotics are:
Foot mobilisation podiatry coaxes your feet and body back to health by encouraging the joints of your feet to move through their natural range of motion. This corrects the position of your feet with movement and provides permanent physiological improvements. Unlike orthotics, which only work when you wear them, foot mobilisation changes the structure of your feet so your condition continues to improve with time.
The treatment is a gentle series of movements through the joints of your feet guided by the podiatrist's hands in a controlled movement. These movements may also include your hips and knees.
Generally-no. Sometimes initial mobilisations may be uncomfortable due to restriction within a joint but generally, the treatment is pain free.
No, not at all. This is the big advantage of foot mobilisation therapy (FMT). Because the change is intrinsic, it does not restrict your choice of footwear. FMT is not reliant on devices like orthotics.
Generally, no. We actually encourage you to continue normal levels of activity. This allows us to monitor the treatment's effectiveness.
Our goal is to make you as self-sufficient as possible after the initial treatment period. The advantage is that we focus on the cause of your pain by improving the alignment of your joints, and strengthening the muscles supporting those joints rather than trying to accommodate the problem, as other styles of treatment do.