biomechanics feet

When I was regularly running marathons I hated my feet. Black toe nails and blisters on the ends of my toes after racing were a regular occurrence.

If you told me back then how interested I would be in feet now I would not have believed you.

The more I have worked with people, looking at their intrinsic biomechanics to analyse their joint movement, the more I have realised that the position of our feet and how we stand gives us clues about what is going on in the rest of the body.

The problem could actually start at your feet, maybe from a compensation from an old injury or higher up in the body – they certainly add to the whole picture. By getting the joints moving in the feet things can adjust in the rest of the body quite quickly.

How foot scans can set the scene

These scans belong to one of my clients who was troubled by lower back pain, although there had been no trauma.

Client's before foot scan showing the edge of the right foot not touching the floor
An old knee injury was affecting the edge of my client’s right foot. The position of our feet and how we stand gives us clues about the rest of the body

After examining the scans it was clear that the edge of her right foot did not touch the floor as it was compensating for an old knee injury she suffered while skiing a few years ago.

After trying a few simple exercises we rescanned her body to see the changes.

Placing wedges under the foot can sometimes be necessary to ensure a good connection with the floor. Watch the video above to see how the wedges allow the joints on the outside of the foot to move.

Without the wedges, the ball of the foot will lift from the floor and there would be no changes seen during the next body scan. It is important to note that the placement of the wedges will vary depending on the foot restrictions of the individual.

Client's after foot scan showing edge of right foot touching the floor
After a few simple exercises, a rescan shows the edge of my client’s right foot now touches the ground

It has taken a few more sessions to add strength, but my client is now back doing all the sports she loves.

And that is why I have gone from hating feet to finding them fascinating!

Tracy says: “As an intrinsic biomechanics coach I do not treat pain – however, if there has been no trauma, there’s a fair chance improved posture, movement, muscle function and symmetry will help.

If you are interested to learn how your feet could be affecting the rest of you body, call 07941 379 359 or fill in the online form for a chat and to book a complimentary foot scan.

About One Body Coach

Tracy Swindell is a former GB international marathon runner who has trained and competed in a number of sports from a young age. She is passionate about helping people reach their potential and is a strong believer in empowering her clients to understand and care for their own bodies.

Always updating her skills to get the best possible results for her clients, Tracy’s extensive studying covers coaching and movement-based qualifications including intrinsic biomechanics, anatomy in motion, pilates and yoga.

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