This article is going to highlight the importance of symmetrical forces going through each foot. The feet can alter everything upward; your knee alignment, pelvic position and spinal movement can all be compromised by foot mechanics. 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.
Your 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 below).
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, when a pattern between the foot and neck is unravelled it can result in far greater neck movement for the individual receiving treatment.
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.
If you feel your feet might be altering movement or a causative factor of your pain get in contact today to discuss therapy packages.
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