Methods and Techniques
Alternative Foot Solutions are experts in alternative but effective ways to treat your feet, without invasive surgery or orthotics. The benefits to you are the elimination of pain, permanent physiological improvements to your body, and the ability to wear the footwear of your choice.
Foot Mobilisation Therapy (FMT)
We’re podiatrists with over 19 years of experience. We specialise in manual therapy called foot mobilisation which is a gentle hands-on technique that corrects the alignment of the foot and ankle. We then combine this with strengthening exercises that reinforce the foot’s position.
The technique is light, quick and gentle and could be compared to what an osteopath, chiropractor, or physio does just very specific to your feet. Since alternative foot solutions has been open for, we’ve seen over 13,000 patients with a success rate over 90%.
Our team offer a unique approach podiatry for patients in Manly Vale, Balgowlah, Fairlight, Queenscliff, Brookvale, North Manly, Freshwater, Curl Curl, Allambie Heights, North Balgowlah, Manly and surrounding suburbs.
FMT is gentle, painless and non-invasive.
Foot mobilisation is particularly helpful if.
- You don’t want to be stuck in orthotics (can usually be used as an alternative to orthotics)
- Is corrective so improves the alignment of your feet long term.
- Can be used to avoid surgery (particularly in the case of bunions)
- Can go barefoot without pain as it changes the alignment of your foot intrinsically without being reliant on shoes or shoe inserts (like orthotics)
- No restrictions on footwear
The treatment process
- Assessment – Before we begin any treatment, we first conduct a thorough assessment of your needs.
- Diagnostic – If we need more information, we may send you for further examinations, such as having an x–ray. This will help in determining the best treatment for you.
- Evaluation – This is where we present you with your treatment options. You simply choose which is best ~ and most appropriate ~ for you and your lifestyle.
- Treatment – The healing begins!
Find the answers to your questions here.
- How can I decrease my dependence on orthotics?
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.
- How does it work?
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.
- Does the therapy hurt?
Generally—no. Sometimes initial mobilisations may be uncomfortable due to restriction within a joint but generally, the treatment is pain free.
- Do I have to change my shoes?
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.
- Should I change my activity?
Generally, no. We actually encourage you to continue normal levels of activity. This allows us to monitor the treatment’s effectiveness.
- Do I have to continue the treatment forever?
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.