Strong Feet

Healthy feet are strong and robust ✔️
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The feet behave like any other area of the body. Gradually expose them to more load and demand, and they respond by getting stronger and more resilient.
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This is the SAID principle at work:
Specific
Adaptation to
Imposed
Demands
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The feet need to be loaded, strengthened, stimulated, mobilized etc. The more this occurs, the healthier and stronger they become. Just like anywhere else in the body.
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❌ Orthotics, Arch support, supportive footwear, excess cushion and padding...this is not the answer for long term foot health, strength, and function.
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Arch support does the opposite. It offloads the foot, supporting it in various ways.
• This often prevents the foot from moving, functioning, and articulating like it should.
• It also requires and demands less of the foot, just like a back brace requires less from the core (once again, an instance where wearing a brace is not going to be the solution to back pain/weakness).
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🌉 Arches are strong load bearing structures by design. That’s why bridges are designed that way. And the human foot is no different.
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The arch is meant to be loaded, it’s part of our natural structure.
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🔑 Start somewhere.
Even if it means taking your shoes off in the house or going for a 5-10 minute walk without your orthotics in. See where you are at. And then build your tolerance up!


— Optimize Physiotherapy

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