Bunion pain - Have you tried foot mobilisation and manipulation therapy ?

Updated: Mar 17

Foot Mobilisation and Manipulation Therapy (FMT)

FMT is a hands on treatment techniques involving the passive movement of a joint to free up connective tissue restrictions and to restore normal joint function and range of motion. FMT has been widely used to treat musculoskeletal conditions of the foot and leg.

Why FMT?

  • An alternative treatment to prevent the misalignment of the joint and gently guide the joints to the correct position without orthotics or invasive surgeries.

  • Improvements of joint mobility and muscle strength by loosening up soft tissue restrictions

  • No time off or break from your daily activities. In most cases, you are actually encouraged to keep up normal activities such as sports and works.

  • A non-invasive treatment involving NO drugs, NO surgeries and NO old crunch and aggressive techniques.

What conditions can be treated by FMT?

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Ankle pain and instability

  • Bunion pain

  • Foot or ankle osteoarthritis

  • Knee and patella pain

  • Morton's Neuroma

  • Achilles tendinopathy

  • Lateral foot pain - Cuboid syndrome

  • Stiff Joints

  • Ball of Foot pain - Metatarsalgia

Bunion treatment with FMT

Bunion is the condition when the big toe pointing towards smaller toes resulting in the development of a bony growth on the side or over the top of the big toe joint. Bunion can get worse overtime leading to severe joint pain and lesser toe deformities such as hammertoes or clawed toes. Early treatment for bunion is necessary to prevent the bunion from getting bigger and to reduce risk of developing secondary issues.

When it comes to bunion, most people think that surgery is the only option to correct the joint position. However, FMT can be an effective alternative treatment to help the big toe by realigning the foot joints when assessed and treated appropriately.

At Foot Body Sole, we aim at identify the mal-alignment of the joint and also addressing the underlying causes of bunion. Therefore, a treatment plan combined different methods is usually applied to help you get back on your feet as soon as possible. Our bunion treatment protocols can involve the following but not limited to:

  • FMT

  • Taping - Aims to support the inside of the metatarsophalangeal joint at the base of the big toe and provide pain relief.

  • Electrotherapy (Laser, Ultrasound and Interferential) - Helps reduce pain, increase blood flow, loosen and strengthen muscle, and reduce inflammation

  • Shockwave treatments

  • Dry needling - Decreases muscle tightness by releasing trigger points

  • Stretching and strengthening exercises

  • Orthotics

  • Footwear prescription and modifications

What tips do we use for bunions?

  • Bunion taping technique: Use 2 Ktape strips 2cm wide and 5cm long to tape your bunion. Pull the big toe outwards. Apply a strip from the toe, down the inside of the foot and secure. Repeat this once more, overlapping the 1st strip. Ensure there is not too tight!

  • Wear well-fitting shoes and avoid narrow-fitting or pointy shoes. Make sure your shoes are the right size and fit.

  • Do bunion stretches and exercises to strengthen muscles. Here are some recommended exercises:

  1. Toe points and curls: Sit on a chair or a surface where your feet about 15 cm away from the floor. Point and curl your toes slowly and do this for 20 reps for 2 to 3 sets.

  2. Toe scrunches with towel: Place a small towel or washcloth on the floor. Sit down and grip the towel with your toes and pull it towards you. Only use your toes to scrunch the towel. Repeat this motion for up to 5 minutes.

  3. Spiky ball: Place a tennis or spiky ball on the floor and put your foot on top. Roll your foot back and forth over the ball. Repeat this motion for 3 to 5 minutes on each foot

  4. Figure 8 rotation: Move your toe in a figure eight motion, this helps with flexibility and range of motion. Repeat 10 times on each toe for 2 to 3 sets.

If you think or know someone who are experiencing bunion pain and may benefit from FMT, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have more questions.

We are located at 108 Bridport St, Albert Park Vic 3206, or you can call us on 03 8648 7678. Alternatively, you can click on the book now button below and it will take you to our online booking page.

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