Saturday 22 February 2014

Do your shoes wear unevenly?

Do your shoes wear unevenly? Is the heel more worn at one side ? Does your foot slide of the edge of the shoe? 
Do you know that this might be a symptom of a bigger problem?

It might explain a lot of the aches and pains that you suffer.

Pronation, supination, inversion, eversion, fallen arches...

These words are all terms used to describe a malfunction of the foot. People take this news about themselves and just accept it without really appreciating that it can have long range consequences.

If your foot doesn't hit the ground properly there is a chain reaction of consequences.- a sort of cascade of damage-.  In a healthy gait (walking or running) the compression forces from the impact with the ground do not damage the joints in fact studies have shown that they even increase cell regeneration, keeping the joints healthy.  Conversely forces at abnormal angles and shear forces that are a result of biomechanical malfunction damage the joints and stress the system.  Such forces cause a cascade of symptoms as the brain tries to compensate and correct the body. This leads to pain, inflammation fatigue and even, sometime down the road, joint replacement… It is impossible to correct issues with ankles, knee, hip, lower back or disc conditions without attending to the weakness in the body’s biomechanical system that is causing the stresses.

The imbalances causing this stress are just as likely to be caused by inactivity as over activity. Adaptive movement pattern caused by repetitive movement - including participation in sports- can play a part in causing this structural imbalance. 

Some will choose the  support offered by orthotics or specialised sports shoes, but ultimately strengthening and correcting the system is what will put it right.

If you have functional joint or muscular discomfort it can be tempting to go for painkillers, anti inflammatory medication  or orthotic inserts but ultimately you will get relief from fixing the problem not masking the symptoms.

Get it assessed, take responsibility for your health, do the exercises  strengthen and balance your body then choose minimalist shoes.

                                                                    GET IT FIXED

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