Our feet are the basis of our posture and give us most of the feedback we need to balance!
But have you ever thought what’s involved in simply standing on your feet?
Here’s a simple exercise to highlight just one of the stabilising muscles. Give this a try.
Stand with feet hip width apart.
Can you feel the muscles in the sole working? These are the muscles designed to support our arches and I bet this is the first time you’ve been aware of them !
But then our world is mostly flat and safe and we have no need to be in a position of preparation for change and as a result our feet get really lazy.
I like to think of our feet having a TRIPOD OF STABILITY.
- The tip of the big toe
- The base of the little toe and
- The heel
Try standing with weight evenly distributed between these three points and you will unwittingly turn on a whole range of muscles in your foot, thigh, buttock and back.
Post by Catherine Stephens B. App Sc (Physio) MAPA.