May 18, 2017 | By | Reply

100 muscles, 33 joints, 12 ligaments, 28 bones, and 70 nerves.

Your foot is a masterpiece!

Our feet are the only part of the body which are in constant touch with the ground. During activities like standing, walking, jumping, running, stair climbing, dancing, squatting, sports or lunging the lower body, the foot, knee, hip and back work as a team to support and stabilise the human body. When the foot lands on the ground it works like a tripod to weight bear the vertical stress of body weight from the top, and the ground’s impact from the bottom.

Depending on the activity, type of ground surface, and footwear, this stress is variable. Jumping and running is a high stress activity compared to standing and walking. Once the foot absorbs the initial impact shock it gets transferred through the leg into the knee ,then through the thigh into the hip and finally the lower back.

This is known as the Lower Limb Kinetic Chain with each team member playing its role.

If any team member has any issues like abnormal alignment (flat feet, knock knees), trauma, injury, unequal leg length, scoliosis, repetitive stress, or weak muscles the other members will compensate and take over. However, over time these compensations will create problems and result in further injury, pain and a continuous cycle of repetitive injuries. Gradually one will avoid certain activities and will affect quality of life.

The human foot was designed to walk on soft surfaces like mud, sand, grass. However, in our modern lifestyles we usually walk on concrete, cemented surfaces since our childhood. Hence the human foot has had to adapted to this resulting in flattened or collapsed arches or ankle known as Overpronation. This a common occurrence in today’s human population.

As the foundation of the body is on the feet, any misalignment will cause stress on the knee, hip and back.
Customised Orthotic Insoles are the solution to this problem.

Vasyli Insoles for flat feet
Vasyli Insoles for high arched feet
Vasyli Diabetic Insoles

By realigning the feet to its natural angle, Orthotic Insoles ensure prevention and relief from a variety of lower body complaints like:

  • Plantar fasciatis or heel pain
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Metatarsalgia or ball of foot pain
  • General leg weakness and pain
  • Knee pain eg. chondromalacia patella
  • ITB syndrome
  • Lateral tracking of patella
  • Low back pain
  • Hip and groin pain
  • Heel pain
  • Shin splints
  • Leg cramps
  • Corns and callus
  • Bunions
  • Imbalance and frequent falls

For the customisation of the insoles one can approach a Podiatrist, or a Physiotherapist trained in the field of bio-mechanical evaluation and prescription of Orthotics.

Dr Anjana Laungani, Rehab Specialist and Founder of PhysioRehab, has trained with Andrew Lepius (Australian Physiotherapist) and Phil Vasyli (of Vasyli International Australia) for the same. Dr Anjana has also trained with Christopher Powers a renowned bio-mechanical expert from Stanford University, USA, for Gait Analysis and Lower Limb Kinetic Chain Assessment and Rehab.

Over 5000 patients have benefited from her expertise and use of customised orthotic insoles. These include people of all age groups, athletes, marathoners, dancers, children, housewives, airline staff, chefs, doctors.

PhysioRehab’s three branches have a team of trained physiotherapists for Lower Limb Kinetic Chain Assessment and Rehab using customised insoles and footwear.

At PhysioRehab besides customised orthotics we also have the entire range of Flopeds –  flat feet corrective slippers, which are ideal for users of orthotics. Flopeds are designed to support the heel and medial arch to control during walking. It’s comfortable, water proof, and light weight. Flopeds are available in a variety of colours.

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