THE CONNECTION BETWEEN YOUR FEET & YOUR POSTURE

You may be surprised to discover that there is a strong connection between your gait(Walking style & foot orientation) and your posture.

It makes sense that our feet are the beginning place in the kinetic chain of our body’s motion. We stand, walk, run and if the starting place of that motion is out of whack, it will cause problems further up the chain. If your “foot posture” is not optimal, your upper body posture will not be either. Just as a house built on an unstable foundation will have its second and third floors affected by that foundation, your feet have a significant impact on the rest of your body.

It makes sense that our feet are the beginning place in the kinetic chain of our body’s motion. We stand, walk, run and if the starting place of that motion is out of whack, it will cause problems further up the chain. If your “foot posture” is not optimal, your upper body posture will not be either. Just as a house built on an unstable foundation will have its second and third floors affected by that foundation, your feet have a significant impact on the rest of your body.
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FOOT POSTURE

The foot is designed to have a natural arch of support and for the weight of the body to be born evenly when we are in motion from the point that the heel strikes the ground, through the mid section of the foot and onto the ball of the foot as we toe off. Deviations from this “normal” gait are very common and are frequently caused by poor foot posture. When the arch of the foot is “flat” the lack of support causes a condition known as Pronation.

When the feet pronate, the ankles fall inwards as do the knees creating a “knocked knee” appearance. When the feet supinate, the ankles roll outwards along with the knees and create a “bowed leg” appearance. The net effect of these foot conditions is a compromise of stability which leaves individuals at risk of injury and pain symptoms from ordinary daily activity.

THE Q-ANGLE

The knee forms the link between the upper and lower leg and is a hinge joint, designed to flex and extend the lower leg. Unlike our ankles and hip joints, the knees are not designed to rotate. However, when the foot rolls inwards due to over-pronation, the lower leg is forced to rotate, placing abnormal stress on the knee joint and resulting in poor knee function. A simple measurement called the Q-angle is simply, the angle that your quadriceps makes between your hip and your knee. Measured correctly it can provide important information regarding the alignment of the pelvis, leg and foot.

HIGH Q-ANGLES CAUSE KNEE PAIN

A high Q angle in an individual means that there is added stress on their knee joint particularly during strenuous or repetitive activities using the knee. Why? A high Q angle interferes with the smooth movement of the knee in the knee joint also known as patellar tracking. Over time, with normal daily activities and especially with sports and exercise, this constant misalignment wears down the cartilage in the knee. It also leads to muscle imbalances which further damage the knee joint.

ORTHOTIC SUPPORTS

The most effective way to decrease a high Q angle and lower the biomechanical stresses on the knee joint is to prevent excessive pronation with custom-made, foot orthotics. Studies have shown that using corrective orthotics was more effective in reducing knee pain than a traditional exercise program and Q angle abnormalities can be effectively controlled or corrected with custom made foot orthotics.
At The Posture Clinic we offer a complete line of corrective, custom made, hard foot orthotics. The orthotics are made from a plaster mould of your feet and are manufactured by a local laboratory. Orthotics typically take between 2-3 weeks to be ready and can be used in your regular shoes.

We also offer orthopaedic shoes and sandals which feature a built in orthotic in the foot bed to ensure a comfortable fit and the support that your feet need to acocunt for wider width shoes and the depth sometimes needed to fully accomodate your orthotics.

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