Suffering from foot pain, and other issues in the legs and hips?
If you are experiencing problems in your feet, ankle, knees and hips, then your feet have changed to an abnormal position. When we talk about feet, we should think of them as the foundations of a building; if the foundations are incorrect then the building will not be level or aligned properly.
The human foot is designed in an incredible way by having its own shock absorbers acting as a suspension system while we walk; this shock absorber called the plantar fascia that is essentially connective tissue made up of facia & ligaments. This tissue is connected from the heels to each of the toes and is very effective in dispersing our body weight evenly allowing us to walk barefoot on uneven terrain. Modern man has unintentionally deformed our feet by making everything flat and covering our feet with enclosed shoes. This will deprive the feet’s natural ability to move and function in its natural state.
Some common foot problems that can arise are:
- Plantar Fasciitis (heel and bottom of the feet pains)
- Ingrown toenails
- Heel spurs
- Knee and hip problems
- Lower back problems; which can cause symptoms similar to sciatica (piriformis syndrome) and various problems that can also work their way up to the upper back, neck and shoulders.
Do you have flat feet or high arches?
The 3 arches arches
The human foot anatomically has 3 arches which are
These arches should be balances in a natural state where there should be no extra curvature, nor should they be extremely straight.
By having pronated feet or commonly referred to as flat feet, the medial arch has collapsed meaning, there will be no shock absorption happening as the plantar fascia (which is the foot’s natural shock absorber) is stretched to its full length rendering it ineffective.
This will cause issues to arise in the ankles and knees as they have to function with weak foundations at the base while receiving impact straight to the joints rather than be absorbed by the feet.
This will cause the muscle groups in the legs to become unbalanced thus will lead to muscular tension and restrictions in the legs.
If you are someone with supinated feet or commonly referred to as high arches, then there will likely be similar problems but more focused on all the joints; ankles, knees and hips.
This type of incorrect foot posture would mean it will take longer to recover as this deviation is harder to return back to normal.
The reason for this is that the main muscles involved will be super tight and tense; it will take longer to stretch and release that tension unlike the pronated feet that need strengthening and stability as required.
Some people may also have collapsed transverse arches which is the area where the toe joints are located.
With weak foot stability and structure this arch can collapse and cause serious issues to arise such as neuromas; which is a pinched nerve usually appearing between the 3rd and 4th toes.
This can be caused by the atrophy of the foot’s muscular structure; improper use or insufficient use can cause the foot to deteriorate.
Step Forward Orthotics have been around since 1974, made in the USA and sold all around the world. A correcting orthotic which will help strengthen or stretch your foot into the correct anatomical position that your foot is ment to be.
We at Active You are an official clinical consultant of Step Forward, we will conduct a posture and foot assessment and personally fit you with an orthotic correct for your feet.