You’ve had a sudden onset pain or a long-standing problem with your foot, heel, arch, knee or hip and you’ve tried pain killers, other treatments and it is still lingering. Pain can be debilitating, life changing and can certainly affect your mental health, so when a treatment is available to relieve various soft tissue complaints and has a history of success, it’s worth shouting from the roof tops about it!

Fascial Manipulation, could change your life! Specialist podiatrists are trained in Stecco Method Fascial Manipulation and are registered to practise and treat from the waist downwards. They will be able to establish any restrictions/problems in the fascia (soft tissue) that may be present. Soft tissue restrictions will rarely show up on diagnostic images, such as X-ray, and therefore many patients who are struggling, may have been misdiagnosed, self-diagnosed or have no diagnosis, and therefore living with unnecessary pain. It is important to state that the pain you are experiencing may be originating and radiating from a different part of your body.

A specialised podiatrist will take a detailed history, work through various movements and then palpate specific fascial points in the lower limb or pelvis, checking for pain, restriction and densification. Once the affected points are established, the podiatrist will then apply pressure and friction using their elbow or knuckle, creating a local inflammatory reaction in the area, heating and breaking down the substance between the fascia which has become dense and irritated. The aim is to restore normal biomechanical function and reduce any pain. Some patients find that a single treatment will give them the relief they seek, others will require one or two further treatments.

During your appointment the podiatrist will discuss the cause of the presenting complaint and how further recurrence can be prevented. Sometimes this will involve prescription of exercises, footwear or insoles. There are many soft tissue conditions this treatment is suitable for, including but not limited to: plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, heel pain, sciatica etc. If you are interested in this treatment, ensure your podiatrist is qualified in the Stecco Method Fascial Manipulation and also that they are HCPC registered. Sorelle at The Foot Room, Longridge, has a keen interest in MSK and is qualified in Fascial Manipulation. To find out more, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone on 01772 378812 or by email, info@thefootroom.co.uk.

Thanks for reading,
Sarah.

All the Podiatrists at The Foot Room are HCPC Registered Podiatrists. We provide excellent podiatry assessment, diagnosis and treatment in our Longridge and Broughton Clinics.

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