Have you ever bought a house or gone through a home inspection? What would be a deal breaker? Often people ask- “So how is the foundation?”
Why is the foundation so important or cracks in the foundation a potential deal breaker? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist, right? A poor foundation or cracks in the foundation can be a disaster. If the foundation is off, it is highly unlikely that the rest of the house is solid. And have you ever heard of a poor foundation just “getting better” on its own- no- they only get worse. Cracks get bigger and walls will start sagging even greater- just give it time.
So how is your foundation- not on your house, but on you? I see so many clients that have “cracks” in their foundation. When I look at my client’s feet, I often see a loss of arch height which causes the foot to flatten, the knee to deviate in, and even the hip to rotate. These compensations can be a big contributor to someone’s pain or injury.
The “average” American takes 7,000 steps per day. In a year- that equates to over 2 ½ million steps. Now if you have a little extra stress on your joints with each step due to faulty alignment issues- imagine how that little bit of stress can accumulate over a year’s duration- or after having taken 2 ½ million steps? Scary- huh.
There can be a handful of factors that contribute to a lose of arch height. What I find is that the body is trying to make up for a stiff joint elsewhere- usually in the ankle, great toe, or tight calf’s. But even when these areas are freed-up- the arch still stays flat due to the atrophy of the intrinsic foot muscles.
Do you have flat feet or low arches?
If so- try these tests and self-treatments 1st by watching HERE.
The second step is to start strengthening your foot intrinsic (the foot muscles that help strengthen and support your arch) by performing the “short-foot” exercise. Watch the video here for the demonstration: