Your feet are your foundation and, if they are dysfunctional, this can cause dysfunction up the kinetic chain into the knees, hips, and spine.
As a former elite ballerina with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, I used to dance in pointe shoes for 20-25 hours per week. Orthotics don’t fit into pointe shoes. Now, I love to wear high heels, especially in the summertime. Thankfully, we can now find more comfortable high heels to wear. Dancing in pointe shoes, high heels or stiff, leather soled dress shoes requires strength and flexibility training of the muscles in the feet. I find patients respond very well to myofascial release, joint mobilizations and PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) techniques. Movement is medicine, and my patients appreciate becoming more mindful of how their feet are designed to move, how they can sense and engage the muscles that support the arches of their feet, ankles and lower legs, and how this improves their balance.
Another factor leading to foot pain is lack of muscular endurance, as defined by your ability to sustain repetitive movement for an extended period. The muscles in your feet and lower legs are prone to RSI (repetitive strain injury) if the amount of work you ask of them exceeds their endurance capabilities. Physiotherapy will help you strengthen your feet and lower legs, which really is your foundation. This will help ensure you can dance all night, or run the trail, or hit the pavement for your favourite marathon.
Call Choice Health Centre at 902-404-3668 to book a Registered Massage Therapy appointment to assess your feet, which are your foundation. Massage Therapy will help reduce pain, hypertonicity, edema, and increase overall vitality through increased circulation to your extremities. Plan now to prepare for plenty of dancing and increased physical activity this summer.
by Susan Cook, RMT and D.O.M.P. (in study with the Canadian College of Osteopathy)