Know Your Foot type – Inflexible or Flexible

Forces on the Feet
Playing sport regularly is a great thing: it’s enjoyable, good for our health, minds and general wellbeing, and is recommended by medical professionals more and more.
However exercise can have an unhealthy effect on our feet. Activities can affect our feet differently, when we run, our body weight is multiplied up to three times, and with ground reaction forces our feet bear the brunt of this stress at every strike.

The human foot is a strong and complex mechanical structure containing 26 bones 33 joints, and more than a hundred muscles, tendons and ligaments. Asking too much, too soon of your joints and muscles can lead to injury.
Certain activities, your foot anatomy, integrity of support structures (ligaments, tendons and muscles) combined with poor footwear, can all contribute to injuries.

Prevention is Key
In all aspects of health care, prevention is the key. It’s useful to know your foot type and how your foot works, your needs are individual. A Physiofusion Podiatry assessment will identify your foot type and lead to a specific individualised care plan with advice on what footwear styles, exercise or stretching programmes will work for you.

To compliment your care plan it may be necessary to wear an in shoe device or orthoses. Since there are many types of devices, designed for different foot types to achieve different results, it’s important to be assessed and prescribed something specific for your needs to ensure you don’t suffer harm or injury.

For more information on Podiatry and Biomechanics please give us a call on 01282 453 110 or use our free Ask-A-Physio service.