How your feet are shaped can have more of an affect on your body than you may think. Foot biomechanics can not only affect your lower legs but also have effects on your knees, hips and back.
How can the foot cause these changes?
Your arches are responsible for taking the load as you step. The ligaments and tendons in your arch act like a spring, giving you a soft landing and reducing the forces transferred to your leg. If the tendons and ligaments supporting this arch become over-stretched and weak, the ‘spring’ no longer works. Instead, your arches collapse falling inwards, causing your leg to rotate inwardly and shift towards your mid-line.
This rotational twist transfers up to your knee and through your thigh, causing muscles and ligaments to take the strain.
Poor arches can lead to a multitude of injuries, such as Runner’s Knee, Achilles Tendonosis and ITB syndrome.
Your Physiotherapist can help you to strengthen the muscles of your foot, or if needed, use Orthotics as a way to correct the issue.
- We have a full range of Orthotics available at Gardens Physiotherapy. See ‘Shop’ on our website.
- For more complex foot problems, we will refer you to a Podiatrist.