In my experience as a physical therapist, if there is one thing that I’ve learned in regards to pain it is this: the site or location of the pain is not always the source of the pain.
This is most definitely the case when it comes to the foot. Often times you can have imbalances or poor mechanics in the foot/ankle region which turns out to be the culprit behind the pain you are feeling in other areas of the body such as the knees, hips, back, shoulders and even the neck.
If you are trying to resolve pain in any body part it is important to look at the joints above and below the area of concern. Many fail to look at the feet, and in doing so, miss out on being able to completely resolve their pain.
Poor ankle/foot mobility and/or weakness in this area affects a person’s gait, movement quality, balance, body awareness and performance. These alterations in gait and the way a person moves can be the driving factor in painful conditions of the feet themselves
(ie. plantar facitis and bunions) or in the knees, hips, shoulders and spine.
It’s kind of a BIG DEAL!!!
In this video I will go into more detail about why ankle mobility and foot health is SO important, how it can be causing pain in other areas, what NORMAL should look like, and more importantly…what you should do to keep your feet healthy and happy!
foot smash – 3:28
foam roll calf smash – 4:40
wall calf stretch – 5:36
walk ankle mobilization – 6:27
womb squat – 8:07
I hope you found this video useful! If so please share this article with your friends so we can all be happy humans with healthy feet!
Also…if you liked this… then you’ll also want to learn more about The Sitting Solution, which is a highly effective program that we’ve created to offset the negative effects of sitting. You’ll be provided with the tools and resources to get out of pain, improve your posture and stand up straight as long as you live!
Here’s to healthy, happy feet!
Chad Walding DPT, OPEX L1, RKC