Everyone is raving about the World Cup, and cheering on England into the quarter finals, FINALLY! Surely, we all admire how the legs and feet of the players are able to endure such intensity not to mention mental preparation, endurance and strength to fight off aggression from the opposition. With a sport as energetic as football, players are prone to injuries especially foot injuries. However, foot injuries do not happen only to football players or other athletes; it can also happen to you simply because of a freak accident or due to imbalance in your foot muscles.
We give very little attention to the foot whenever there is hip or back pain, but little do we know that the improper foot maintenance can enhance or even cause more than just bunions, calluses and much more imbalance. If you already are suffering from e.g knee pain due to flat feet, contact us Today and learn how reformer Pilates or a more specialised Foot corrector sessions can help you. Here are things we need to learn for proper foot care.
Shoes, slippers, and sandals. Heels or none. Open or close.
Every house needs a good foundation. As your feet supports you, you need to give full support for your feet as well. The right choice of footwear needs to provide the proper comfort and size. Tight shoes and pointed shoes can cause deformities on your feet, while loose shoes can cause blisters and inbetween toe slippers can encourage bunions forming. Be like Goldilocks and make sure your shoes are just right.
After several months with your shoes, the heel wears off normally to the side and causes imbalance in posture. This leads to hip and back problems. So once you’ve noticed these changes, you can get them re-heeled or have to change shoes. Insoles can help additionally to help support fallen arches, plantar fasciitis.
2) Pronate and Supinate
For those who have been to foot clinics, these are familiar terms. To remind you and let the people at the back know, pronation and supination are both positions of the foot normally made whenever we are walking or standing to balance our weight. Pronation is when the foot rolls inward after the heel lands. On the other hand, supination is the outward roll of the foot usually after a running start.
Both occur normally with walking and running. In excess, these become a biomechanical problem and may cause fallen arches and ankle sprains.
3) Fallen Arches
Fallen arches or flat foot are common amongst toddlers. As years go by, arches develop from the pulling of the tendons. The arches allow the foot to support the weight of the body in the erect posture.with the least effort. With fallen arches, exertion increases which causes strain on the ankles, legs, hips,and back. People at higher risk include the elderly, pregnant women, and diabetic patients.
Now that we’re aware of the causes for foot injury, it’s time we find out the solution. Treatment of foot conditions include orthotic insoles, proper stretching, and foot correction. There is a way to incorporate these methods into one – Pilates. The founder, Joseph Pilates, himself has given emphasis to the feet – even calling it the foundation of the body. Foot corrector apparatus helps you in fixing the structure of your feet. Reformer Pilates incorporates footwork. This also utilizes other fitness apparatus such as massage balls on the feet.
Most people have never heard of Pilates, are not clear on their alignment/imbalances let alone ‘neutral’ stance. Never mind foot correction alone, some have been turning the legs in or out (Medially /externally rotating the femur) even worse, twisting the knee joint unconsciously. There are repercussions to long term overuse and imbalance and the referral pain is rarely in the foot itself in most clients. I would say 99% of beginners in our reformer classes are shocked by the level of strength and correction they have achieved during their sessions in our studio.
By popular demand, FREE Foot Clinic returns to Hope Pilates on Wednesday July 18, 2018 at 7PM (1hr). The hour will be broken down into sections of presentation, foot exercises/ foot/toe corrector demo, toe corrector exercises and finally a wonderful foot massage.
Get ready to learn, discover your body and appreciate the feet that carry you EVERY DAY!
“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.” – Leonardo da Vinci