The foot and ankle have the crucial role of being mobile and in order to transmit forces from the weight of our body to the ground as we stand, walk, run, and jump. There are 33 joints in the foot alone and they are all intimately reliant on the others in order for proper motion to occur. There are also 3 arches that make up the foot in which allows the foot to both compress and decompress as weight is applied. A common problem many people suffer with is known as Plantar Fasciitis which is an inflammatory condition of the connective tissue underneath the foot. This is commonly due to the foot not being capable of withstanding the daily stressors applied to it and overtime it loses the arches as the connective tissue begins to stretch out and lose its elasticity, it develops what we know as a Flat Foot.
A simple exercise to help support the foot and ankle in mobility and to apply positive stress to these joints is simply done by using your own two hands to mobilize joints individually, and to apply specific stretches to the top and bottom of the foot as shown in this video. Follow along as Dr. Dalton performs each drill and see what it feels like to be able to improve the segmental motion in your feet!