Optimum Performance Specialists – If everyday Australians valued and cared for their feet as much as they do their cars, it could lead to a transformation in general health, mobility and overall well-being, maintains leading sports podiatrist Mark Lin of Sydney — whose vision for a better Australia has folk keeping their feet clearly in their sights.
“I would like to change the way everyone thinks about the management of their feet,” explains Lin, who is Principal Sports Podiatrist and Director of The Footwork Clinic in Chatswood, Sydney.
“Feet are like the wheels of the car, if the wheels aren’t aligned properly, the car (the body) won’t take you very far,” says Lin.
“We only have one body to take care of in our life, one pair of feet. I want to help everyone to understand the importance of treasuring the body. We cannot replace our body like we replace our cars.” This, of course, includes our feet – so we need to cherish them if we are to reach dreamt of heights in athletic pursuits or personal bests in sports contests — or quite simply to accrue high life mileage or to contribute to maintaining personal independence in our lives as we age.
And just as responsible car-owners are discerning in their choice of professional mechanics in order to improve/preserve their vehicle’s performance, so also should each of us be fastidious in selecting practitioners to tend to our bodily needs. In terms of our feet, this spells podiatrists. This is where The Footwork Clinic has an upper-hand. Lin explains how The Footwork Clinic provides an optimum, professional service
“Conventional podiatry treatment is often focused on adjusting your orthotics and choosing your footwear options”, says Lin, explaining that this may offer a client some reprieve from pain, but is not a real correction of bodily dysfunction or underlying tissue damage.
“At The Footwork Clinic, we prioritise the correction and rehabilitation of the feet and legs in order to restore the body’s movement and function.” He says it is the combination of their revolutionary, multi-modal, evidence-based treatment modalities that sets this practice (and its practitioners) apart from others.
Practitioners at the Chatswood clinic believe the body has an incredible capacity to heal itself from injuries. So clients’ treatments often remain orthotic-free, pain-free and surgery-free, stemming from careful, professionally-applied “hands-on” manual therapies.
“Our unique hands-on treatment techniques help to provoke the body’s healing response and guide the body to recover better naturally — for a true corrective approach,” explains Lin.
He explains how chronic or recurring (negative) symptoms occur when there is an interference to the healing process from scar tissues, biomechanical stress, structural misalignment, active trigger point or repetitive strain. This is where this practice’s hands-on treatment techniques for clients help to eliminate this interference to (enable) healing.”
The Footwork Clinic thus works carefully to identify and professionally address root causes of the presenting problem (or pain) in order to create long-lasting results. This effectively optimises individual health, rather than just applying a “band-aid” approach to symptoms. The premium on corrective approach often also leads to provision of relief to the rest of the body – to parts that were being affected correspondingly – this being an added bonus for clients.
“Our latest evidence-based assessment system allows us to collect meaningful data that convert to an accurate treatment plan for each client.
“We objectively track the progression of an intervention and not just by subjective assessment and the level of pain,’ explains Lin.
“We do not just get rid of pain. We help you to feel, move and perform your best!”
The practice specialises in foot mobilisation therapies and Trigenics and applies advanced manual therapies, with all practitioners trained in the techniques applied, including specialising in musculoskeletal conditions of the lower limb with a unique treatment approach. For instance, Lin said in treating heel pain the clinic is unique in applying advanced manual therapy skills with rehabilitative shockwave therapy -this being an example of a proven multimodal treatment approach.
Conditions typically presenting include spurs, heel pain, bunions, ankle problems or injuries, foot or ankle arthritis, nail issues and stiff or aching feet and legs. The clinic provides diagnosis and assessment followed by treatment and management of foot and/or leg pain and injury.
Lin explains how joint goals of treatment for The Footwork Clinic clients are to: Minimise recurrence of pain and injuries; Improve body function & optimise performance; and prevent and decelerate onset of degenerative changes.
“Our holistic and corrective care approach has had a proven track record of success in resolving acute and chronic conditions where others have failed,” he said.
“We are dedicated to improving quality of life, and achieving people’s optimal well-being. Whether it is to get them back to their daily walks, or trying to run their first marathon, preventing degenerative foot issues, or improving sports performance — we are committed to helping through our dedication and advanced treatment methods. “
Mark Lin is a leading Sports Podiatrist in Sydney. The Footwork Clinic has two convenient locations Chatswood on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD. Both offer the full spectrum of podiatry treatments and although they receive referrals from medical doctors, they are willing to assess and assist anyone who suffers from lower-limb issues.
For further information, visit the The Footwork Clinic – Leading Sports, Podiatry, Foot And Lower Limb Corrective Services to book online, or call Mark Lin or his friendly team on +61 2 9131 6891.
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The information contained in this guide is provided in good faith and is not intended to be nor is it to be used as a substitute for any sort of professional, medical or podiatric advice. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a podiatrist. Any users should always seek the advice of their podiatrist, or other qualified healthcare providers before commencing any treatment.