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Gym Foot Program

Physiotherapy St. John's

Many of our clients present with foot pain: plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, chronic sprain injuries, Achilles tendonitis or tendonosis, arthritis, metatarsalgia, etc. There are many ways of dealing with foot pain, such as orthotics and electrical modalities like shock wave therapy, nursing care and exercise. Because most foot pains are associated with muscle weakness of the foot itself or muscles of the back, hip and/or legs, a true fix needs to address associated weakness. Our clinic has designed a foot program specifically to improve foot position, strength and balance, all aimed at improving your foot comfort during everyday activities.

Our feet are the interface between body height and the ground beneath our feet. They need to be strong, flexible, and sensitive. Along with the palms of our hands, the soles of our feet are the most sensitive areas of our body, because of the very high number of sensory receptors that receive and project information to our brains regarding position, balance, texture, temperature, etc. When this information is faulty, it causes changes in how we place our feet to stand, walk, and climb stairs; and these changes can precipitate falls and other injuries. Faulty sensory information comes from feet which are deprived of stimulation because of constantly wearing footwear (worse if poor-fitting), which are weak, and/or which have impaired nerve function from back injury, systemic lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, and poor recovery following sprains and strains. Feet are also quite hard to strengthen because of their short lever arm; it is very hard to get any satisfaction doing repetitive strengthening exercise with weights, for instance.

Your feet deserve stimulation and exercise if they cause you pain. You may even be able to pre-empt pain issues before they arise. Two simple tests can indicate if your feet need a little extra attention.

First, stand in front of a mirror and determine if your feet are lined up under your knee and hip in a straight line. Deviations from straight, whether observed at the feet or knee influence the positional sensors and can distort how position is sensed by the brain.

Second, close your eyes and consider where you feel the weight in your feet. Is your weight balanced side to side? And front to back? If you feel that your weight is more to one side, or shifted from or back, your position sensors are again warning of foot pain.

If off-line or unbalanced, a little TLC and exercise can keep your feet comfortable and contribute significantly to your happiness.

The foot program will consist of balance, strengthening and flexibility exercises, custom to your needs. Call Jenna for more information 753-0155


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