Being bipedal our feet function as the body’s most frequent and direct connection to the ground in order for us to be upright.
Our feet bear the load of the upper body on a wide range of surface features often through varying footwear so that we are mobile and can transfer us from one point in space to another. We articulate them in different biomechanical ways to walk, run, jump, dance and stand.
In doing so, we place them under considerable stress which can lead to a range of conditions that impact on the feet and in turn effect our gate, posture and musculoskeletal functioning. They are the most distal part of our appendicular skeleton and the furthest from the heart.
The foot-ankle complex has both stability and mobility demands. Tricky tarsals, metatarsals and phalanges, 3 dimensional hyperbolic arches, tensile achilles and compressive calcaneus all work in unison with each other to provide a stable base of support for the body in a variety of weight bearing postures without excessive muscle activity and energy expenditure. They act a rigid lever for push-off during walking and movement while being flexible enough to absorb shock and permitting the foot to conform to a wide range of changing terrain.
Foot pain and heal pain are based in the condition of plantar fasciitis.
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