Most of us don’t think about our feet until they hurt, but once they do, we can’t ignore them any longer. If we’re lucky, a change of shoes and a little rest can do the trick, but for some, the misery doesn’t end there and professional help is needed.
Sydney podiatrist and principal therapist at The Footwork Clinic, Mark Lin, is one of the pioneers behind a two-pronged approach to treating the problem. “We combine foot mobilisation techniques with Trigenics Functional Muscle Neurology treatment,” says Lin. “Our results show that the combination will often fast-track recuperation while simultaneously contributing to correcting the initial cause of injuries.”
Trigenics and Foot Mobilisation: a Powerful Combination
Foot mobilisation has always been part and parcel of podiatry treatments. It’s a non-invasive set of techniques that a podiatrist uses to mobilise joints in the feet that aren’t working properly. “We move the joints through their natural range of motions and in so doing, we free up restrictions that are preventing them from operating as they should,” explains Lin.
The patient also has a role in the process, performing a routine of simple exercises for a few minutes every day at home. “The exercises will help you to heal,” says Lin, “and you can continue to do them after your treatment ends to help maintain steady improvement in the way your feet function.”
Few podiatrists, on the other hand, use Trigenics, and Lin believes that by adding this clinically proven treatment to the program, much better results are obtained. “A lot of podiatrists only think about treating the muscles and joints,” says Lin, “that’s standard podiatry, but Trigenics addresses the neurological aspects too.”
A movement begins when the brain sends out signals to the body. When you are experiencing pain and limited or incorrect movement, the signals become scrambled. Thus, explains Lin, just treating the muscles and joints isn’t enough: the neurological aspects must also be addressed. “We’ve seen remarkable, often instantaneous results since adding Trigenics to our treatment programs,” says Lin.
A First for Australia
Combining foot mobilisation and Trigenics seems to make excellent sense, but Mark Lin is the first Australian podiatrist to become a specialist in applying this dual approach in the field. “The results speak for themselves,” says Lin. “We see faster results and longer-lasting cures. It’s really a breakthrough in podiatry, and I’m proud to be the first Australian to specialise in this direction.”
“Conventional podiatry is effective. Footwear interventions can certainly help. But adding the neurological retraining element to the mix makes for measurable improvements over conventional methods. Achieving and maintaining optimal foot function is fundamental to being able to enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle regardless of your age, and The Footwork Clinic uses all the latest advances in podiatry to help its patients achieve this.”
The Footwork Clinic takes top-quality care seriously and is your go-to source for any lower body issues. Find them in two convenient locations, in Chatswood on Sydney’s North Shore and Sydney CBD.
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.