Mother nature has designed a system of pulleys and levers which help the muscles of the leg and foot pull, stabilize, and create movement.  In a normal gait cycle, muscle firing sequences occur and resultant foot positions like heel strike through toe off and propulsion create a rhythmic and efficient walking cadence.

Whether foot alignment is off from birth like in clubfoot or develops abnormal bone position over time – foot alignment is critical to maintaining a stable base of support for the rest of your skeleton. The feet are asked to be first adaptive, shock absorbing- impact dissipating structures, at heel strike – to strong, rigid, propulsive levers creating motion onto the next step at the toe off phase of gait.  It’s a lot to ask of your feet, and overuse symptoms are common.