This month I am going to highlight the importance of symmetrical forces going through both feet.
The feet can alter everything upward; knee alignment, pelvic position and spinal movement but to name a few.
If you want to create maximal symmetry and bullet proof your body against overuse injuries or mechanical problems, the feet are as a good place to start as any.
The foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints and more than one hundred muscles, tendons and ligaments.
The articulations of all of these can change forces above. To keep things simple I’ll discuss the effects of a foot being ‘stuck’ in maximum pronation or maximum supination (see picture above).
Maximum pronation can cause excessive torque at the knee, effecting the ligaments of the inside and front of the joint in particular. This can also create compression at the hip and lower back (sacroiliac joint) resulting in potential pain and discomfort. Being ‘stuck’ in pronation can also create bunions as the big toe moves closer to the second toe in order to create a false arch of the foot by shortening the tissue on the inside to force supination.
Maximum supination can down regulate bum muscle function (glute max) a hugely important power generator of the lower limb and vital in decompression of the hip and sacroiliac joint. This can also result in tightness of the lower back muscles which will alter relationships all the way up to the skull!
My favourite relationship seen at least once or twice per month in clinic is the effect the foot can have on the neck, each time I unravel it on someone and see the results it never fails to blow my mind.
If you have ever suffered a ligament tear or break at the ankle and now have knee, hip, lower back or neck pain and discomfort your foot could do with some TLC.
Get assessed and get corrected.
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The Total Health Team