Feet, Ankles, Lower Legs, Knees, Hips or Back Pain… Let’s Fix Your Feet!
Tuesday, 4 / 3 / 18
The feet have become an interesting area of study for me in the last few months, and it has become so apparent to me that this part of the body is being overlooked, especially when it comes to pain in all parts of the body. You might roll your feet every once in a while, but are you strengthening them?
I believe one of the biggest mistakes that is being seen in the field of medicine is when doctors are telling their patients to get arch supports OR to STOP doing what bothers them!
Your inactive, flat, tight feet might be the major role in your foot, ankle, lower leg, knee, hip, and/or back pain. Sometimes people forget that there are muscles in the bottom of your feet, which are meant to work and support your arch. I believe one of the biggest mistakes that is being seen in the field of medicine is when doctors are telling their patients to get arch supports OR to STOP doing what bothers them! Your arches are your arch supports! They are just weak. Once you start to wear arch supports, the muscles no longer need to do their job and so they stop working.
What you need to do is to focus on your foot grip strength. Actively driving through your toes, gripping and squeezing in a barefoot position, will work the muscles in the foot which builds the arch. Spread the toes apart, reaching them forward, driving them down into the ground, pull them back toward the heel by lifting the arch of your foot. CRAMPING IS NORMAL.
Lifting the arch of the foot helps to rotate the entire lower leg, knee, and thigh outward into better position. Once you get this proper alignment, that will help your pain!!! Not only will your feet be stronger but you’ll be able to produce more power through that big toe! Think about that sprinter start! The possibilities are endless once we address the feet.
Now, go practice this! In the shower, doing dishes, sitting at your desk, at the gym, wherever! Feel free to grab me to ask for certain exercises and drills.