Don't neglect your feet just because they are far away
The average sedentary person completes 2500 gait cycles (heel strike to heel strike on the same foot) per day and by the age of 30 will have completed 30 MILLION cycles. This number can be tripled depending on the individuals job and lifestyle!
Your foot forms the base of the kinematic chain responsible for these gait cycles. A 'kinematic chain' is group of joints which are intrinsically connected to function as a whole. When an individual places weight on a their foot, all the interdependent articulations, from the low back to the load-bearing foot, are considered to form part of a 'closed kinematic chain.' In this state, any biomechanical changes in one joint, will have immediate and lasting effects on all other joints constituting the chain.
What does this mean?
Basically, you're whole body is miraculously designed to adapt and adjust as a proprioceptive unit. If one region is dysfunctional, it will lead to subconscious compensations throughout. Ultimately your injury, pain, imbalance or dysfunction will often have a direct link to your foundation. The feet.
Feet were made to move.
There are 206 bones in the human body. 106 of these are in the hands and feet (27 in each hand and 26 in each foot). Our feet were designed to bend and give way to rocks, stones and sand but instead, they are confined and immobilized for most of our lives in restrictive shoes. This causes weakness in the foot muscles and can play a role in dropped arches or 'flat feet.'
20-30 % of people have moderate to severely pronated/ flatfeet!
This could be perpetuating their knee pain, hip pain, low back pain and even their headaches!
Take for example, a patient with pelvic rotation and resultant leg length discrepancies: In certain chronic cases, the medial arch of the foot on the 'longer' leg may drop over time in order to achieve balance (basically, to keep your eyes level!). The Chiropractor who focuses only on the region of low back pain, and does not consider the body as an interdependent unit, may not restore balance as efficiently as the Chiropractor who treats the patient's dropped arch.
At the Chiropractic Health Centre, treat our patient as a whole and understand the importance of early detection and prevention. That is why we assess our patients 'from head to toe' and offer corrective insoles for those who need.
If you would like to find out whether you might benefit from foot support, ask your Chiro to scan your feet at your next consult 🙂 Our 3D foot scanners map out your feet and take a pressure reading so we can see how you are distributing your weight and monitor this over time. If necessary, we can mold a supportive insole that is unique to you and your foot.
If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to consult your chiropractor.
Thank you for reading. For more lifestyle advice on how to achieve optimal health, visit The Chiropractic Health Centre for a check up. Chat to one of our friendly receptionists to make a booking or follow the link to learn more about our services: www.chiropractor.co.za/our-services