Our feet are incredibly important and were designed to be mobile adaptors to the environment around us. With 26 bones and 33 joints in each foot, our feet are the most overlooked body part when it comes to any injury in the body, this is why we need to change how we look at injury and learn to read the entire body.
It blows me away when I am working with clients who have been to numerous therapists regarding their injuries and yet, they never have had their feet assessed or treated in any way. Those two amazing pieces of bioengineering are what connect us to this earth with every step that we take. If you want to learn and understand more about our feet, and how important they are to movement and injury prevention then please watch the attached videos to learn more…
It only takes 0.65-0.85 of a second for your heel to make contact to the ground on each foot strike and in this short space of time our bodies are moving in all three planes of motion through a complexity of movements. If the timing is off in any one of these movements, that will have a ripple effect throughout the entire system.The next video explains this in more detail and how you can see it work through your body.
Dr William Rossi was a podiatrist who, in his lifetime, extensively studied natural foot function and the disadvantageous effects of fashion footwear. He once stated “it took four million years to develop our unique human foot and our consequent distinctive form of gait, a remarkable feat of bioengineering. Yet, in only a few thousand years, and with one carelessly designed instrument, our shoe, we have warped the pure anatomical form of human gait, obstructing its engineering efficiency, afflicting it with strains and stresses and denying it its natural grace of form and ease of movement head to foot”
Be aware of what you wear!!
In order to create change within the body we must look at the entire system and allow ourselves to become aware of our timing difficulties, our patterns that we favour, and any other aspects of movement that has an effect on our Flow Through Gait.
Pain is an excellent example of this, however so many of us are scared of pain! I believe that we need to listen and learn from our pain,and that it should be used to guide our body into proper alignment rather than blocking ourselves off from the feelings of it.
In turn, by becoming more aware of these areas and working on them, we can teach the body to integrate a smoother flow back into our gait through retraining the nervous system to lock it in. That is when real change can occur and the body connects all of the dots 🙂
I hope that you found this blog very interesting. Please see my last two movement drills that you can do at home to help nourish your feet with healthy movement.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
Yours in Health & Happiness,