The structure, posture and strength of your feet determines the way they, and ultimately you, move.
Correct foot function enhances your ability to walk and run efficiently. It also improves your body’s posture and weight distribution. Good foot posture helps reduce the chances of strains and injuries throughout your body.
Pain in the lower back and lower limbs can sometimes be attributed to poor foot posture and function. With our assessments, therapies, advice and exercises, we can help improve your foot posture, function and overall performance.
When there is a reduction in the arch height of a foot, or if the entire sole of the foot touches the floor when standing, this can lead to injury and misalignment throughout your body.
Flattening of the feet can occur naturally. Usually this condition is caused by the weakening of the muscles that support the arch of the foot over time.
A flat foot posture creates extra pressure on surrounding supportive structures and so overuse injuries and degeneration may occur.
In most people, the arches in the feet develop throughout childhood. Flat feet are normal in infants and toddlers because their bones, muscles and ligaments have not yet developed.
We have solutions to reduce any discomfort associated with flat feet, so you can perform at your best, and reduce daily aches and pains.
As well as making it difficult to find shoes that fit properly, high arches effect your body’s natural shock absorption, as weight is only distributed through the heels and balls of your feet.
This can lead to increased pressure on your ankles, knee, hips and back.
Due to the positioning of the joints in the feet, people with higher arches are also more susceptible to ankle sprains. It is also quite common that the toes are curled up or clawed.
We can successfully reduce the impact and pain caused by high arches by allowing the foot to function more efficiently.
Pronation is a normal part of efficient foot movement. The normal gait pattern sees your foot strike the ground at the outside edge of the heel. It then rolls inwards to absorb the force from the ground and adapt to uneven surfaces.
This rolling in motion is known as pronation. If this motion occurs too quickly or too much it can cause problems not only within the feet but further up the body.
Excessive pronation may result in a collapse of the arches of the feet and place a lot of pressure on supportive structures.
It may also cause stresses and alignment abnormalities in the ankle, leg, knee, hips and back.
Weak or Tired Feet
If we think about the theory of use it or lose it, weakness and tiredness in the feet may be a factor of the shoes we wear and the inactivity of leg and foot muscles on a daily basis
As a society we are sitting more, choosing to wear the ill fitting shoes more often, and neglecting our feet until they become painful.
Your feet are the first thing to touch the ground. They have to support your body weight while standing, walking and even more so with running.
Just like going to the gym to exercise your core muscles to maintain good body posture, the balanced relationship of all the muscles in your feet are paramount to the stability of the lower limb and also need to be exercised and strengthened to prevent injuries.
We can show you easy strategies to reduce foot aches while improving the strength and durability of your feet.