Hypermobility = excessively flexible
Everyone fits somewhere within the spectrum.
Extremes of either tend to have different kinds of problems.
The structure of the foot is similar to the structure of a keystone bridge, whereas the keystone maintains the integrity of the bridge, the talis bone maintains the integrity of the foot. (See image below).
The arrangement of the bones, intrinsic muscles of the foot, extrinsic foot muscles in the leg and presence of powerful ligaments all work together to maintain a strong, stable foundation. Weaknesses in the structures maintaining foot integrity can result in problems such as fallen arches.
Should we all be running on our forefoot or should we be running barefoot?
These questions are not easily answered and are not simply a one size fits all answer. They will be discussed as a part of your biomechanical analysis and video gait analysis. We talk to you to establish a history of relevant information, look at your walk/run/jump style, then combine this with a thorough assessment. Then we can advise what is best for you.
By using a video we can slow the gait speed a lot and see small changes that happen very quickly that we would not otherwise see in “real time”. Because running involves hundreds of thousands of steps, these small things can have a large overall affect.