The foot is our body’s only permanent connection to the surfaces we wander-all day, every day. The foot therefore initiates every single movement that our bodies make. You would not build a house on faltering foundations; why then do people build movement patterns on top of weak and dysfunctional feet? The concept is the same.
This article will highlight why healthy feet are essential to your body’s alignment and how you can begin walking the path towards a stronger more stable foot! Let us explore…
- A human foot and ankle is naturally a strong, mechanical structure that contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons & ligaments.
- The 52 bones in your feet make up one quarter of all the bones in your body.
- The feet (plantar surface) have the densest area per cm2 of nerve endings in the body.
- The foot is an amazingly intricate structure that when working correctly can function in a tri-planar movement!
- Walking freely is the best exercise for your feet, and it’s also a great way to get overall exercise for your body; it boosts circulation and helps you burn calories. For more information about walking how nature intended visit www.vivobarefoot.com
So, to the entry level exercise!
I have gone through lacrosse ball tissue releases at clinic, both for the sole of the foot and also the back of the shoulder with many of you. It therefore makes sense to use a piece of apparatus many will already be utilising from home. This basic drill will serve you well to start activating some of your foot intrinsic muscles therefore increasing the focal stability of the foot. This is only part of a much larger equation that even includes glut activation; however it is the perfect place to start!
Here is a link that will take you through the drill:
As suggested this is easily performed in the evening whilst winding down and watching television. I would suggest practising 3-5 minutes per evening for a month initially.
Isaac Fellick MChiro