What do you do with these Dogs?
Take a good look at these feet. Hard to not cringe, we know. In this photo, the gentleman’s feet are relaxed! Imagine what it they will look like with some additional long flexor tone!
So, keeping in mind his tibial varum (bend in the tibia) and uncompensated forefoot varus (inability to get the head of his 1st ray down to the ground), what can we do?
- how about we increase extensor strength? He could do the lift, spread, reach exercise while tripod standing. He could do the toe waving exercise. He could do shuffle walks.
- teach him to stretch his long toe flexors. Frequently. 20-30 mins minimum; daily
- you could manipulate his feet to ensure better biomechnics
- you could massage his feet to improve mobility and circulation
- you could facilitate his long toe extensor muscles
- you could inhibit his long toe flexor muscles
- you could improve ankle dorsiflexion by showing him how to stretch the calves, 20-30 mins daily
- you could improve ankle dorsiflexion by making sure he has adequate hip extension
- he could wear correct toes, to improve the biomechanical advantage of the long toe extensors
- he could wear shoes with a wider toe box
- he could wear shoes with less ramp delta (or drop)
- he could wear shoes with less torsional rigidity
and the list goes on. There are many simple things you teach a person with feet like this. many of them we have introduced you to here on the blog. Spend some time. Learn some cool stuff. Read the blog. Follow us on Facebook. Attend a Biomechanics class we teach the 3rd Wednesday of each month on onlinece.com . Check out our Youtube Channel. Consider furthering your education and taking the National Shoe Fit Program.
The resources are there. All you need to do is dig a little deeper.
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