Short Foot Activation (Blog 2 of 3)
By LeighAnn Clark
We live in a society where shoes are accepted as a natural part of life. We weren’t born with shoes on our feet, we didn’t learn to walk by taking the floor away from our foot. And yet, we have learned that in order to walk properly, we must put a ton of cushioning between our foot and the ground, and we must force our foot into a locked position with insoles and orthotics. And in the process, we have lost our ability to interpret how hard our foot hits the ground, the ability to let the ankle joint move freely, and we have created stiff, weak feet that can no longer do what they were intended to do; support the rest of our body.
Now we have to relearn how to stabilize our body with our foot and not just our big muscles like the quads and glutes.
Picture the foundation of a house. If the foundation is compromised, the rest of the structure becomes compromised; the walls break, the ceilings fall, the roof collapses, the windows break. If your foot is your foundation, you don’t want it to be broken. If it is, then the rest of your body’s structure will break too. If you experience discomfort, hypomobility, injury, etc, at the ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, or neck, your foot may very well be to blame. Because once one structure breaks, the rest will follow suit.
But how do I repair the structure? Whether you have plantar fasciitis, IT Band syndrome, shin splints, most of these problems can be aided and even fixed by mobilizing and activating the foot. This can be done in many ways, but the foundation of movement is the same. Watch my video to find out how to mobilize and activate your foot so the healing process can begin!