The foot has an intricate system of nerves that send positional information to the brain, to inform it exactly where the body is poised in space. This position sense is called “proprioception” – and it is so vital for balance that the body dedicates a specific tract in the spinal cord carrying this information to the brain. When we are moving in the upright position, it is critical that the brain has exact information about the spatial position of each part of the body, in order to precisely coordinate movement.
The foot with so many bones, joints, ligaments, nerves and muscles and the necessity to take our full body weight can lead to a great deal of discomfort.
On average we will take up to 10,000 steps on each foot per day. Many people will participate in activities such as recreational running or sport which increase that number. With so many steps taken and your entire body weight taken through each foot, any biomechanical problems such as over-pronation are magnified with the supporting structures having to compensate.
Biomechanical problems with our feet can lead to various other problems such as knee, hip, pelvic or low back pain. Problems with our lower backs can lead to weakness in the feet and ankles. For these reasons it is vital that foot pain be assessed by a PPS Physiotherapist for the treatment of any mechanical problems.
Some of the conditions treated include:
- Ankle Sprains and Instability
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Joint Restriction of the Foot and Ankle following surgery or casting
- Excessive Foot Pronation
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Foot Strain
- Heel Pad Pain
Your PPS Physiotherapist will be able to assist you with suitable foot and ankle strengthening and rehabilitation exercises during your recovery.
Please contact us for your comprehensive foot and ankle assessment. We look forward to hearing from you!