Small things add up over time; this mantra holds true for the body. Seemingly insignificant postures and movements may set you up for chronic pain and injuries in your lower body. Your ankles and heels may not be the weak links that may lead to foot or leg problems.
The Hip and Foot Alignment
The team at FootandLegSpecialists.com cites that a toe-in or toe-out stance, or walk pattern may affect the way the ankles and feet work, and may also add stress on your lower back and knees. As a result of these poor habits, the muscles that are weak or strong in your lower legs or feet may create unique posture challenges and imbalances.
Other than positioning of the feet and the way you walk, you must also consider what’s happening at your hips. Standing, sitting, running and walking a certain way, such as with the ankles rolled in or out, or the feet toes-in or out, may result in muscle imbalances. These habits may not just hurt your feet, but there’s a possibility that it may hurt or injure the lower back, hips and knees.
Foot problems do not have one cause, they are a connection between the back down to the toes. A therapist cannot single-handedly fix your physical condition, you need to do certain exercises to strengthen the back and lower half of your body.
Strong and flexible, calves, ankles and feet create a stable support for movement and standing that allows you to perform daily routines without pain. Some of the exercises that strengthen the lower half of the body include:
- Foot Circles with Toes Flexed
- Toe and Ankle Movement Coordination
- Rolling Up Onto the Toes
- Side-to-side Ankle Rolls
- Squats with Ankle Rotations
These activities promote flexibility and strengthen the ankles, heels and feet. These improve coordination and stability, reducing the risk of injury and chronic pain. If you still feel strain in your feet, it is best to consult with a therapist to determine the cause of the problem.