Rigid Foot Types

This foot type can have many unique problems. It usually has a high arch when weightbearing and is limited in its range of motion. Also, very often, this foot type is accompanied by a limited amount of upward movement ( dorsiflexion) at the ankle.

Very often a supinatory (feet rolling out) gait occurs with a rigid foot type, and this can lead to the ankle ' going over ' and causing lateral sprains. Because of the limited ankle dorsiflexion this foot type is also prone to Planter Fasciitis.

The rigidity and poor range of motion within the foot and around the ankle means that there is not a lot of 'spring' in the step. There is no heel/toe gait – rather a heavy flat gait, which means there is little propulsion available and little shock absorption. The shock of impact when the foot strikes the ground therefore, has to be taken up through the skeletal system, with the first port of call being the knees, then the hips and low back.

Solution

There is very little that anyone can do to actually improve the range of motion and flexibility within this foot type. However, an exercise programme of stretching exercises for the calf muscles would be advised. Giving the heel a slight elevation by way of a small heel lift, or wearing shoes or trainers which have elevation at the heel, rather than being completely flat, would also be recommended. Cushioned shoes, ie trainers, or shoes with good shock absorption would be advised.

Orthotics

The use of orthotics for this foot type is highly recommended. A device which supports the foot and in particular the very high arch would be devised. Very often a support along the lateral side of the device to stabilise the foot and assist in the prevention of sprains and turning of the ankle would be helpful.

We always find it amazing that people with this foot type become runners, and sportspeople in general – but they do! And quite successfully too. With the help of a stabilising orthotic and a good exercise programme, they go on to do great things in the world of sport.



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