We are the least stable creatures alive!
We have the smallest base of support for a high centre of gravity. We're the only striding, two-legged animals without a tail for balance. That means our balance and stability starts in the feet. Good foot foundation affects the integrity of the whole body, enabling us to perform with technical accuracy and proficiency.
Think about the tennis player who uses feet as a brake and to turn.
The sprinter who launches off the toes
A basketball player who can leap from standstill using the elasticity of the foot.
A swimmer who uses feet as paddles.
There are 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles in our feet. These muscles and the connective tissue (fascia) allow our feet to be both strong and supple. But only if we use them often. If feet are stuffed into shoes all day long, especially poor fitting ones, they lose their normal function.
Your feet can adapt to the ground surface, absorb shock and act as levers to propel.
Wearing orthotics or shoes moulded to 'fix' pronation may make your problems worse in the long run.
The key is to wake up your feet, get them working and restore connection from brain to muscles.
Welcome to the FOOT ZONE!