Common Conditions

Foot Mobilisation Technique (FMT)

What is FMT?

Our experienced podiatry team assess your feet within an initial consultation and discuss your treatment plan which may consist of FMT. FMT is a manual therapy specifically developed to improve your foot and ankle function by targeting stiff, dysfunctional joints to improve movement and discomfort. FMT is used in combination with other treatment modalities such as rehabilitation, strength/conditioning and orthotics. This form of manual therapy involves identifying every joint in the foot and ankle to treat the cause of foot pain, rather than simply treating the symptom. Mobilising joints increases synovial fluid which is vital in joint lubrication to improve joint movement.

Is FMT painful?

Generally FMT isn’t painful to mobilise or manipulate joint’s of your foot and ankle. Your Podiatrist may also use tool assisted massage ( TAM ) and certain soft tissue techniques to improve dysfunctional muscles or tendons. TAM feels like a deep soft tissue massage which can be uncomfortable but not painful. FMT and TAM can increase discomfort for the following few days as your feet begin to adapt.

foot mobilisation techniques

What can FMT be used to treat?

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles tendon pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ankle sprains and instability
  • Hammer toes
  • Cuboid syndrome
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Improving orthotic therapy outcomes

What can I expect from an FMT consultation?

Once our Podiatry team have established that FMT is suitable at your initial consultation, you will be booked for consultation with an FMT and TAM qualified Podiatrist. Attend your FMT consultation with loose clothing or shorts. FMT consultations are generally 1-2 week intervals for between 3-6 sessions of intensive treatment with a view to extending appointments when symptoms reduce and joint flexibility is improved.