Does Manual Therapy to Treat Foot Disorders Work?

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Manual therapy or manipulation and mobilisation is often used to deal with a lot of musculoskeletal problems in different part of the body by different types of health professions. Podiatrists often use the technique to treat the foot. There is not a lot of this in the undergraduate training to become a podiatrist so most of the have to learn it by undertaking post-graduate courses. The livestream chat show, PodChatLive has devoted several episodes of there weekly broadcasts to the topic of manual therapy for further educate Podiatrists on this topic and how the techniques might benefit their patients. The topic is controversial and they have had on several guests who are both pro- and anti- the use of manual therapies by health professionals. The more debate there is the healthier the outcome should be for the patient.

In the first episode that PodChatLive did on manual therapy, the two hosts had on Ted Jedynack and Ian Linane to talk about the topic. They talked about what the differences between mobilisations and manipulations were and what the possible mechanisms of effect of joint manipulations. The discussion centred around the issues of does a manipulation reposition the bone or joints versus it just being some sort of neurophysiological response. There was also an important discussion on the relevance of the language used in front of the patient in the context of mobilisations and how that may affect outcomes. Ted Jedynak is a podiatrist who has specialised exclusively in Manual Therapies for the lower limb since 1996. He retired from clinical practice in 2012. He has been a mentor and trainer of health practitioners globally in Manual Therapies since 1996, and due to high demand, is now focusing on delivering online training in the manual therapies.  Ian Linane is also a podiatrist of over 20 years experience working in both his own and in multidisciplinary clinics. He runs a number of manual therapy courses focussing on the provision of high quality, varied, hands-on rehabilitation training opportunities for podiatrists.

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