The foot is our first contact with the environment , it communicates information to the brain about changes on the ground and allows us to maintain balance . A healthy foot should be flexible and mobile which allows maximum contact with the ground and maximum stimulation of all nerves .
Feet that are inhibited by tight shoes loose the ability to extend and this creates problems higher up the chain .The extensors become down regulated ( hamstrings , glutes ) and the hip flexors ( quads , psoas ) become even more dominant and toned feeding the flex-ion dominant pattern that is so common in humans today .
We need to encourage our clients to go barefoot more often and become aware of their feet . look at your feet now and try to spread them wide , flex and extend them , move one at a time . Some folk will not be able to do these simple movements .
Be very carefull about telling clients to go barefoot , like most things in life moderation is a safe bet . For feet that are not used to going bare it can be damaging to go unshod for long periods so short periods of going barefoot are sensible .
ONE LAST THING TO REMEMBER !
A healthy foot needs strong hips to support it . When folk pronate and display a collapsed arch it is a sign of a weak hip that cannot control femoral and tibial rotation .
Human Locomotion: The Conservative Management of Gait Related Disorders ( Dr Thomas Michaud ) from amazon .
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