Understanding the True Cause of Common, Painful Lower Limb Related Problems
Foot Misalignment Explained:
The structure of your feet is exceptionally important. In a perfect world, your ankle sits right above your heel, your feet point forward when you walk, your body weight is distributed equally across your foot and heel, and you walk pain free.
Unfortunately, this is not the case for many of us. Misaligned feet is an all too common issue that can lead to pain, discomfort and injury of the lower limbs. But what is misalignment?
Misalignment is a result of an excessive inward movement of the hindfoot that occurs when the ankle bone displaces. It is estimated that nearly 35 to 40 percent of people are unaware that they have misaligned feet. This common faulty foot alignment can cause pain to parts of the body and common foot problems, that seem to be unrelated but really are. Having misaligned feet can dramatically affect your quality of life. When your feet are misaligned they cause unnecessary strain on your bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles and neurovascular structures. Not to mention, having feet that aren’t aligned inhibits your ability to walk, run, exercise and enjoy your everyday activities.
Types of foot misalignment:
Over-pronation is the most common form of misalignment. This is a corrective mechanism within the foot to help absorb shock. You will notice this as your foot will start to roll inward. However, what this also indicates is that your ankle bone is not moving over your heel bone like it should be. Instead, it’s also rolling inward, leading to further misalignment in the knees and hips. When you over-pronate, you’re foot and ankle have difficulty stabilizing the body.
Supination means the foot rolls outward, and just like the above cause’s misalignment of the ankle and heel. This misalignment filters down throughout the 26 bones in each foot. As we have about a quarter of the body’s bones in our feet, it’s easy to see why this can lead to a number of problems. Like over-pronation, the misalignment also filters up to your knees, hips and spine causing lower back pain.
The following are some symptoms associated with foot misalignment:
- Flat feet
- Metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot)
- Plantar fasciitis (pain under the foot in the arch and heel area)
- Shin splints
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Lower back pain
How to correct foot misalignment:
Once we have obtained a diagnosis of your condition we are able to formulate an individualised treatment plan. We don’t offer a one size fits all treatment solution.
Depending upon individual circumstances one or multiple treatment options may be undertaken to offer you the best possible outcome.
Low Level Laser Therapy
Healthy feet provide the foundations for a healthy body and an active life!
Dr Peter Shelton BSc Hons. Accredited Podiatrist.