The Ideal Foot
Maximum surface area of the foot on the floor for greatest stability.
Weight equally divided between the inner and outer borders of the foot.
Weight correctly distributed between the front and back of the foot, with the body weight falling just in front of the ankle.
This ideal foot is supported by good range of motion, strength, and balance of all structures of the toes, foot, and ankle. Exercising the feet from early in life can certainly help to prevent problems. But this is only part of the picture, as the ideal foot also requires good motion, strength, and alignment of the rest of the body, even all the way up to the head, as well as good general health.
SOME COMMON DEVIATIONS THAT MAY AFFECT BALANCE
Bunions – Deflected toe narrows forefoot and affects the mechanics of the foot.
“Elf Toes” – Ends of toes lifted – shortens area of foot on the ground and affects the mechanics of the foot.
Hammer Toes – Curled toes – shortens area of foot on the ground and affects the mechanics of the foot.
A problem in the foot may originate in the foot itself, or it may be a consequence or compensation for a problem somewhere else in the body. Once these conditions develop, it may be necessary to work with a qualified health professional to find and treat the true cause of the problem.