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Soft tissue mobilisation


Soft tissue mobilisation is a form of therapy, which uses manual manipulation to treat injuries found in the foot and lower leg.

What is soft tissue mobilisation?


Stresses, strains and injuries within the foot can lead to pain and injury developing in the feet. Soft tissue mobilisation involves gentle stretching and applying deep pressure to soft tissues with the lower leg and foot to help relieve pain and treat injuries.

What podiatry related conditions can soft tissue mobilisation help with?


There are a number of conditions which soft tissue mobilisation can help with including;

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinopathies
  • Ankle sprains/pain
  • Heel pain
  • Shin splints

How does soft tissue mobilisation work?


All muscles within the foot are covered by a protective coat known as the fascia. When injury occurs or the area is put under strain, scar tissue and adhesions can form along the fascia causing it to harden, increasing pain and reducing range of motion. Applying deep pressure to affected areas can effectively help to break down these adhesions, releasing tension and allowing the muscles to relax. There is a subsequent increase in blood flow, improving the body's natural ability to heal.

What are the benefits of soft tissue mobilisation therapy?


Soft tissue mobilisation in the treatment of foot pain has many benefits which include;

  • It is a gentle procedure which has few associated risk factors
  • The joint is less limited in its movement
  • Prevents the need for more invasive treatments such as surgery
  • Can be used as an alternative treatment to prescribed medicines
  • The muscle becomes more toned and supple

Similar treatments / services that could help?


There are a number of alternative treatments which are available to help treat conditions associated with foot pain. They include;

  • Orthotics/Insoles
  • Steroid injections
  • Massage therapy
  • Stretches and strengthening exercises
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Acupressure and acupuncture treatments.
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