If your foot posture is poor, it can cause you to feel pain in the back as well as the foot itself. By seeing a podiatric specialist who can address the problem, you can take the corrective measures to optimise your mobility whilst improving your quality of life.
In order to facilitate the process, you first need to make an appointment with a specialist who features foot mobilisation, corrective exercises, and gait re-training. Next, a thorough assessment of your foot problem should be made. A doctor will take a history and biomechanical assessment that includes a foot, leg, and posture check. An evaluation is then made to see if the condition can be corrected. During this part of the process, a foot x-ray may be required.
Some of the Solutions
After making the assessment and determining what correction may need to be made, a proper solution is advised. After the recommendation, corrective measures are taken that may include foot mobilisation, suggested exercises, and re-training of the gait. Artificial supports such as orthotics may be recommended or surgery as a last resort.
If artificial supports are suggested, the patient’s progress is tracked so that he or she does not become orthotic-dependent. Foot mobilisation is used as a physical or manual therapy to apply a gentle yet precise pressure to the foot. Therefore, the therapy complements the improvement of foot posture. Foot mobilisation lessens joint restrictions, mobilises the bones, and improves bone alignment.
Just as the wheels on a car, a poor body alignment or foot placement can wreak havoc on the body. According to information provided on the footposturecentre.com.au website, a poor foot posture places unnatural or uneven loads on the muscles, ligaments, or joints of the body. In turn, the patient feels recurring pain.
How Foot Posture Can Be Corrected
Foot posture can be corrected without the use of artificial devices such as orthotics through foot mobilisation and exercises. Technology and equipment to help patients in this respect are considered high-quality and state-of-the-art.
Your feet are the foundation for overall body movement. In order to handle this type of stress, each foot is designed with 26 bones. As you walk, each of your feet strikes the ground with a force response of up to three times your body weight. If you run, that amount of force increases seven times. That means the average person is exerting over a half-tonne of force. If the joints within the feet become subluxated or misaligned, the same force impacts the muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments.
As a result, the feet often suffer from such conditions as Achilles tendonitis (pain at the back of the heel), ankle pain, arch pain, claw toes, lower back pain, metatarsalgia (pain on the ball of the foot), joint pain in the big toe, bunions, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, and even shin splints. Not only that, but a misalignment can lead to stress fractures in the leg or foot, ankle instability, and neuroma.
Needless to say, a good foot posture is the key to aligning the feet and retraining the gait so a patient can walk without pain and avoid further discomfort or injury.