Foot and Ankle pain

Pain in the foot and ankle can make getting around town a difficult task. Adequate shock absorption during gait requires the muscles at the front of the lower leg to help slow down the foot at ground contact.

In the exercise below the step is slanted away to increases the need for these muscles to slow down the foot, the blue dot is placed to encourage heel contact and the brick is used to restrict the amount of knee deviation.

These constraints allow the body to find the solution that is right for it. The patient is simply reacting to the task at hand. How does the patient know that they are performing well? The brick doesn’t fall down. There is no asking the patient to switch this or that muscle on, contract this or relax that. The subconscious approach has been shown to provide faster learning. What does this mean for the patient, hopefully, less foot pain and greater function.

This blog post was written by the osteopaths at Everything’s Connected Osteopathy.  Everything’s Connected Osteopathy is your premier osteopathic clinic located in Camberwell Melbourne on Riversdale Road.  Everything’s Connected Osteopathy are osteopaths who use movement to assess and treat musculoskeletal disorders.  At Everything’s Connected all osteopaths have nutrition qualifications and are focused on an active treatment and management plan.  Our clinic sees patients of all ages, ranging from children to the elderly.  Common conditions typically presenting to the clinic include sports injuries, osteoarthritic related aches and pains, neck pain, back pain, weight loss and upper and lower limb injuries.  To find out more about us at Everything’s Connected Osteopathy, click on the link  here.   Everything’s Connected Osteopathy is located at 734 Riversdale Road, Camberwell.  We are a short 5-minute drive from Camberwell Junction and a 2-minute walk from Riversdale Road Train Station.    Appointments can be made by calling us on 03 98886176 or emailing

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