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Foot Mobilization Therapy (FMT)

Many people suffer from chronic foot pain or general discomfort because of poor foot function. Foot Mobilisation Therapy (FMT) is a gentle, manual therapy designed to treat the causes of:

  • Foot pain

  • Arch pain

  • Heel pain

  • Ankle pain

  • Lower back pain

FMT can effectively reduce pain without the need for medication, surgery, and frequently, without foot orthotics. Ashburnham Foot and Ankle Centre is one of the leaders in FMT, and one of the first facilities in Canada to offer this unique and effective approach to foot health management.

Our approach to FMT

We focus on bone and joint realignment, and strengthening and stabilizing the muscles. Better foot health through corrected alignment and strong muscles can make a significant difference. We use a very specific approach to FMT:

  1. We perform a comprehensive assessment of foot and lower limb function to determine what is causing the dysfunction and/or foot and leg pain.

  2. We develop a treatment plan based on the assessment.

  3. We can request weight bearing x-rays of your feet to determine exactly what structural problems there are and how best to correct and treat the problems.

Connective tissue cells take approximately 6 weeks to renew. This is very important in the overall treatment process of FMT. But after 3 weeks of FMT treatments, you can typically expect a 30-50% decrease in symptoms and improvement in function, at which point a decision is made as to whether to continue only with the exercise protocol at home, continue with in-clinic FMT, and/or prescribe foot orthotics.

Custom foot orthotics are only prescribed if necessary – many of our patients who complete 3 weeks of FMT do not require foot orthotics.

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