What’s your foot type: Part 4

Forefoot valgus.

In this foot type, the fore foot is everted with respect to the rear foot and the little toe side of the tripod cannot gain purchase on the ground. This foot is a poor lever. The problem here is that in normal ambulation we progress our body mass lateral to medial, which engages normal biomechanics.  In this foot, the body moves from medial to lateral, so we are unable to toe off  from the bog toe side of the tripod. Lack of optimal toe off means poor propulsion strategies from the calf and gluteals. Consequently, patellar tracking is challenged, the limb is in a more relative external rotation, and the peroneal muscles are typically overburdened in an attempt to stabilize the lateral ankle area.

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