What We do
Improving your life by improving your foot, leg and associated pain is our goal, which we achieve through a hands on approach. Underlying our therapies is the need to provide you with improvements that are long-term, not quick fixes. We know that to achieve this quality of life for you, long term results are imperative.
Our First Consultation:
Your initial consultation with the Foot & Leg Centre is very relaxed. Our friendly staff will firstly get to understand what your specific problem is. We want to know what your problem is, as opposed to telling you want it is. To do this, we’ll ask you some questions and then find out about your medical history and any relevant personal details that are related to your pain. This will then be followed by a complete examination.
Our practitioners will then run through with you what will need to be done to help the problem and then you can ask questions about the treatment. Sometimes an x-ray exam is also needed so that the actual cause of the problem can be identified.
Following the above process and gathering of information, we will then provide you with a comprehensive report and undertake your first hands-on treatment. Depending upon how your body reacts to this initial session, we will then be able to identify the best treatment path for you and your specific problem.
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How We Do It
Our treatment works when others don’t because we find out what your problem is and then treat the origin of the pain. Our gentle, hands-on approach works by using Joint Mobilisation and Corrective Exercise to motivate your body into action and begin the repair process naturally, thereby relieving the cause of your foot, leg and associated pain.
Our practitioners also employ corrective exercise to kick-start this natural repair process at every visit. Every time you receive treatment, the following will occur:
- Mobility Enhancement. Our therapies break up those adhesions that prevent movement and mobility around joints.
- Postural Stability Enhancement. The Centre’s therapies stimulate the body’s proprioceptive (balancing) system.
- Muscle Strength Improvement. The efferent nerve messages from the brain to the relevant muscles are revitalised.
- Pain messages are decreased. Our therapies stimulate the joint mechanoreceptors, thereby quashing the Type IV nociceptor impulses that are being sent straight to the brain.
Care Outcomes: Following only a few minutes of therapy, you will see the results of our treatment are typically experienced for 48 to 72 hours. When you have treatment on a constant basis, the results last even longer.
Corrective Exercise: Used in conjunction with joint mobilisation, these exercises are targeted to your cause of pain. They support best outcomes that promote long-term results. The three main reasons we use corrective exercise in your treatment are for strengthening, stretching and stabilisation.
Post-Treatment Review. These allow the team to monitor your body and take place regularly to see how you’re going. If appropriate, x-rays are examined pre- and post-treatment to ascertain the amount of structural correction that has occurred.
Corrective Care. This type of care is founded on the basis that your body will function optimally when everything is in the correct position that it is meant to be in. When one part of your body is out of position, such as subluxation (joint displacement), other parts have to step in and do the work. It is when this occurs at a high level that your pain is felt. As such, if the treatment does not fix the cause, then you cannot get better. At the Foot & Leg Centre, we treat the cause and then show you how to continue to experience the results with gentle exercise.
Centre Environments. Due to the knowledge that your environment helps with pain improvement programs, our Centres are relaxed, welcoming and friendly to aid you on the road to recovery.
What is Podiatry?
Podiatry is “the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of disorders of the foot and foot related structures of the human body” (Podiatry Practice Act 2005, Section 3).
Within Australia, the techniques used within Foot Mobilisation Therapy are viewed as part of contemporary podiatry practice. That is, the Australasian Podiatry Council and the Podiatry Registration Boards recognise foot mobilisation. The underlying physiological component of foot mobilisation is also a component of university degrees in the areas of podiatry, chiropractic and physiotherapy.
Despite this recognition, not a lot of practitioners have worked in this area or practiced the techniques of Foot Mobilisation. At the Foot & Leg Centre, however, we have more than two decades of experience in this treatment area, providing clients solely with the benefits of foot mobilisation and corrective exercise.
Our hands-on approach and techniques are proven and we often successfully treat clients who have had a range of other treatments that haven’t worked. Our treatment does not employ surgery, drugs or orthotics to treat your biomechanical conditions of the foot and associated body areas (e.g. knee, ankle, lower back and hip).
Foot Mobilisation Therapy
Used extensively in the areas of physiotherapy, chiropractic and osteopathy, Foot Mobilisation techniques (FMT) originate from a type of treatment called “manipulative therapy”.
The practice of Foot Mobilisation Techniques is a specifically developed form of manual therapy aimed at improving your foot and leg functionality. FMT targets joints of your foot and ankle, which are stiff, poorly aligned or dysfunctional and aims to gradually restore the way they work. This is achieved through a series of 'hands on' treatment sessions with us in conjunction with a specific exercise regime we prescribe.
Foot Mobilisation Techniques have evolved from combining the podiatric biomechanical understanding of foot & leg function, with the manual therapeutic experience of physiotherapy and chiropractic.
Pioneer of manipulative techniques for feet and ankles was Dr John Martin Hiss. From North America, Dr Hiss set up clinics across the U.S. in the 1920s to treat foot pain with a collaborative team of MDs, osteopaths, podiatrists and chiropractors.
It was a student of Dr Hiss – Dr Harvey Lampell – that Ted Jedynak, founder and owner of the Foot & Leg Centre, studied and trained with in 1994.
Following his training, Ted has continued to work soley in the area of Foot Mobilisation. Over the years, Ted worked to further enhance and refine this therapy – in both the areas of client assessment and therapy. Sharing the knowledge and skills he has gained over the decades, Ted is a regular contributor to workshops and conferences, sharing his insights with a range of healthcare colleagues.
Originally opening our doors in 2002, unlike other podiatry-based practices, we work exclusively in the area of Foot Mobilisation Therapy and treat foot and associated pain. The Foot & Leg Centre also opened another Centre in 2006 due to client demand, with a plan to go nationwide in the future.
We are also extremely proud of the fact that we are the only South Australian podiatry practice to have been honoured with Telstra’s Small Business award.
Why we are different
Not only does the Foot & Leg Centre totally focus on Foot Mobilisation Techniques, we were the world’s first podiatry-based practice to focus upon this therapy exclusively. We differ from the usual podiatry practices in that we only carry out Joint Mobilisation therapy, having refined it over the last two decades so we can provide you with highly effective results. We also treat the origin of your pain – and want to hear from you what it is you are experiencing.
We are different when it comes to working with you to improve your foot and associated pain. Our approach is much different to other podiatrists in the following ways:
- Our practices have been established solely for delivering Foot Mobilisation therapy to you – no other in Australia does this.
- Our practitioners and Foot Mobilisation Therapy work with the cause of your foot and leg pain. We provide long-term care solutions, which require working with the origin of your pain.
- There is no surgery, medication or orthotics employed in your treatment.
- Foot Mobilisation promotes your body’s natural repair process. Because there is no orthotics, you don’t need special shoes, artificial soles or shoe inserts, which stifle the type of shoes you can then wear.
- We provide post-treatment care, whereby you’re given easy to implement information and exercises that maintain the repair process and prevent future pain and problems.
- Because the treatment environment is also a key component to the effectiveness of your care, our Centres provide positive environments that are relaxed and friendly.
- The Foot & Leg Centre won Telstra’s Business Award – a prestigious honour given we are the only South Australian podiatry-based practice to have done so.
Response to Consumer Demand
Ted Jedynak’s – founder and owner of the Foot & Leg Centre – beginnings in Foot Mobilisation Therapy started with client questions and statements. Over the years, Ted was repeatedly asked whether there was a different type of treatment to orthotics to improve the foot and leg pain clients were experiencing.
Based on this, Ted Jedynak began looking into different options that were available to his clients. In this pursuit, Ted ended up learning Foot Mobilisation Techniques from the best in the world, including manual therapy practitioners in the United States and Sydney.
Once he had learnt from the best, Ted then set about further developing and refining Foot Mobilisation treatment to assist sufferers of biomechanical issues in the foot and leg. The result is a type of therapy that is successful where other forms of treatment have failed – one doesn’t require surgery, medication or orthotics.
Podiatry is defined in the Podiatry Practice Act 2005 (Section 3) as “the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of disorders of the foot and foot related structures of the human body”.
Foot Mobilisation is a recognised technique in current day podiatry and is:
- taught in university undergrad degrees in the physiotherapy, chiropractic and podiatry courses (i.e. the physiology upon which it is based)
- Recognised by the Podiatry Registration Boards
- Recognised by the Australasian Podiatry Council
What is unique about the Foot & Leg Centre is that it has actually specialised for two decades in foot mobilisation, and, unlike other podiatry practitioners, we have developed and refinedFoot Mobilisation Therapy while also practicing it.
Our hands-on approach to working with our clients provides surgery free, drug free andorthotics free solutions to treat biomechanical problems of the foot and associated pain, including hips, knees, ankles and even pain in the lower back.
Orthotics is Greek for “to make straight”. A key goal when undergoing orthotic therapy is to enhance the mechanical relationship between your bones.
Orthotics certainly does work as a treatment solution; however, the problem is that the results are not long-term and the desired outcome only works while the patient wears the device / solution. This is where the practice of Foot Mobilisation Therapy, which works with the body to produce long lasting results, comes into its own.
Note: The above images show outcomes of foot mobilisation treatment combined with corrective exercise. It must be noted that these images are not meant to denote or even provide a guarantee that all clients will experience the same outcomes. Due to the different type of causes of foot and leg pain, results between clients can differ significantly.
In orthotic treatment, there is a level of support provided to the joints and muscles. In doing so, the body does not have to function or work as much as it typically does. Muscles start to become weaker and waste when they are not being worked. Controversy amongst medical professionals exists about whether orthotics actually makes muscles stronger or indeed makes them weaker.
A similar example occurs when reading glasses are used. While in use, the person can see. However, the glasses are not solving the cause of the eye issue. As people wear their glasses for longer, evidence has shown that the eyes actually become weaker, creating the need for denser / heavier duty glasses. In the same vein, many podiatrists also up the amount of control the orthotics need as times goes on.
This is where the Foot & Leg Centre differs. We undertake therapy without orthotics. Many of our clients come to us, frustrated at the lack of long-term success when using orthotics as a treatment solution. Our practitioners instead correct the displacement of joints and also undertake therapy that increases muscle strength and stabilisation.
There are,however, circumstances where the Foot & Leg Centre does recommend orthotics, such as:
- Where there is joint hypermobility and stability of the joints is essential, as opposed to increasing the level of mobility.
- Where there is fusion or coalition between the bones – tarsal or joint – and the joints will be fused no matter the level of mobilisation that is provided
- Where one leg bone is longer – i.e. differences in the actual structure of the leg by more than 12 mm.
- Where there is an inability by the client to undertake Corrective Care requirements.
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