The Foot Group - Foot posture
How bad is your foot posture?
Before endeavouring on your next fitness regime and falling into a heap with multiple injuries, you should have your foot posture assessed.
During standing, walking or running, our feet have to adapt to the forces applied from the body into the ground and the reactive forces applied from the ground into the body. Simultaneously, the feet have to provide a solid foundation for various body segments in motion.
Feet lacking correct posture find it difficult to safely transmit the forces between the feet and the ground while providing a base for further movement. As a result, many injuries can develop which can leave the keen runner or exerciser unable to participate in activities and feeling dreadful through lack of activity.
These injuries often present as foot, knee, hip or low back pain. Specific examples include achilles tendonitis, calf tightness, heel spurs, iliotibial band friction syndrome, metatarsalgia (forefoot pain), patella maltracking (runners knee), plantar fasciitis, severs disease, sesamoiditis, shin splints, piriformis syndrome, sciatica and recurrent muscle injuries.
How can you tell if your foot posture is poor?
Common signs of poor foot posture include:
- feet or foot rolling in;
- arch collapse;
- very high arches;
- feet appearing to splay out;
- big toes pointing outwards;
- bunions and calluses;
- feet turned in (pigeon toed) or out,;
- knock knees or bowed knees.
What can The Foot Group do to help poor foot posture?
At The Foot Group, foot posture is accurately assessed using advanced software and technology. These include the use of video analysis to determine joint angles and pressure sensitive treadmills to analyse pressure distribution. Both these methods allow the feet and lower legs to be accurately assessed while you are standing, walking or running.
Standing evaluation of foot posture is a useful and easy method to determine the current functioning capacity of the foot and the likelihood of developing injuries overtime or with an increase in activity.
After thorough assessment, prescription foot orthotics may be recommended to alleviate the pain and other symptoms caused by your poor foot posture. Orthotics also encourage more efficient biomechanical alignment and enhanced muscle function.
So, before starting your next fitness regime or sporting season, remember to ask yourself ‘how bad is my foot posture?’ If any of the signs are present, maybe it is time for a visit to a podiatrist at The Foot Group.
The Foot Group
Suite 144 / 117 Old Pittwater Road
Brookvale, Warringah on the Northern Beaches
Easily accessible to the North Shore areas including Lane Cove, Ryde, Crows Nest, Chatswood, Willoughby and North Sydney