HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT HOW YOUR FEET AFFECT HOW YOU WALK?
By Suzie Cummins of ‘Pilates and Functional Movement with Suzie’
Suzie has her own studio based here in Kenilworth and has been a 1-2-1 rehab pilates teacher for nearly 10 years but also specialises in combining this with teaching people how to walk correctly. She now focuses on using a 12 week walking programme to show people their postural and body movement issues. For more information go to https://pilateswithsuzie.com/
DO YOU KNOW HOW YOUR FEET MOVE WHEN YOU WALK?
Your feet move in two different directions when you walk and oppose each other.
One ROLLS IN – otherwise known as PRONATION.
The other one ROLLS OUT – otherwise known as SUPINATION.
Next time you are on your feet and walking, see if you can identify this in your feet – you should feel that your front foot ROLLS IN whilst your back foot ROLLS OUT.
Now, let’s examine PRONATION in more detail.
When walking your front foot ROLLS IN – technically known as PRONATION – as you transfer the load onto your front leg.
Your front foot should strike the ground from the outside of your heel and then ROLLS INWARDS from your little toe onto your big toe.
It should create 3 contact points with the ground giving you a good tripod position, making your foot longer and wider which helps you to balance.
It also enables your bum muscles (technically known as glute muscles) to switch on – which is critical for good gait.
Now we shall examine SUPINATION in more detail.
When walking your back foot ROLLS OUT – technically known as SUPINATION – so you can push off your big toe.
Your heel lifts and then the movement goes from the outside of the ball of your foot to your big toe, allowing you to ‘propulse’ forwards off this joint.
Failure to correctly load your big toe can cause many walking issues so conditions like bunions or arthritis in the toes can lead to many pain issues in your back or hips.