As we transition from summer to autumn our footwear changes and the change in season can affect our movement and posture and therefore how we use our feet.
From Sole to Spine
Do you suffer with back problems, hip issues, knee pain & tightening of the neck?
If one or more of the above rings true, then try paying attention to the feet!
-Our feet are our sensory input telling us where & how to step.
-They set up the balance of our pelvis & translate through the spine.
-How you use your feet has a direct influence on your core!
-The way we stand or move our feet will recruit different muscle lines up the leg into the pelvis.
-Body weight from our pelvis & spine is placed on the legs through the thigh bone (femur) into the shin bone (tibia). At the end of the tibia sits the talus (the only bone in the body that has no muscle attachments). The fibula supports it on the other side.
Why is the talus important? (a small bone that sits between the heel bone (calcaneus) and the two bones of the lower leg (the tibia and fibula).
-Weight is transferred from the talus & spreads through the foot.
-The bones of the feet are shifted towards the outside or inside depending on how we move or stand. The shifts are dynamic & therefore shift the whole structure of the skeleton.
-A neutral talus allows us to maintain a neutral pelvis. The connection of the inner arch is vital for balance & enables us to connect the inner thigh line, into the pelvic floor & deep abdominal muscles.
What happens to our alignment when we pronate?
-Most people do this (collapsing the inner arch in toward the floor) pulling the talus out of neutral position causing the thigh bone to roll inward & pull forward on the pelvis.
-The pelvis is then in an anterior position on one side, this pull will continue all the way up through the body.
-Correcting the talus position will enable the body to move back into a more neutral position globally. The neutral pelvis will then afford a balanced position to engage the deep abdominals & strengthen the core.
Try this simple yet effective routine.