Finding Clues to Pain and Injury

It's our job as physical therapists to uncover clues to pain and injury with every visit.  The human body is a finely tuned machine, and just like any machine, optimal function relies on all parts working together seamlessly. This interconnectedness is known as the kinetic chain, where movement in one area affects another.

So, what does this have to do with your shoes? Your shoes might be giving you clues about dysfunctional movement patterns, or even injuries, not preventing them.


Your Shoes Might be Giving you Clues

Are Your Shoes Contributing to Dysfunctional Movement Patterns, Pain or Even Injuries?

Here's Why:

  • The Crutch Effect: Overly supportive shoes can weaken the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your feet and ankles. This "crutch effect" weakens your body's natural shock absorption and stability, potentially leading to imbalances and pain up the kinetic chain, from your knees to your hips to your back (and so on)
  • Sensory Deprivation: Thick soles and excessive cushioning disconnect your foot from the ground, hindering proprioception – your body's awareness of its position in space. This reduced sensory input can lead to faulty movement patterns throughout the kinetic chain. Ankle sprains and other leg injuries are extremely common due to thick soles and excessive cushioning.

Shoes as Clues:

  • Excessive Wear Patterns: Uneven wear on your shoes can indicate imbalances and faulty weight distribution.
  • Need for Orthotics: If you rely heavily on orthotics for support, it might be a sign of underlying muscular weakness or dysfunction we can address at Breaking Through.

We recommend a shoe that allows you to be as close to "barefoot" as possible.

*We do not recommend making a jump from a pronation control shoe to a minimalist shoe without assessment of your movement.
*We recommend an assessment to determine your ability to control pronation to determine the best shoe for you.

At Breaking Through, we focus on addressing the root cause of pain, not just the symptoms. We utilize a comprehensive approach that goes beyond footwear, including:

  • Movement Analysis: We assess your movement patterns to identify any imbalances or dysfunctions in the kinetic chain.
  • Strength and Conditioning: We help you strengthen the muscles that support your feet and ankles, promoting natural stability.
  • Manual Therapy: We may use manual therapy techniques to address any tightness or restrictions that contribute to pain.

While shoes can offer some protection, they shouldn't become a crutch for proper movement. If you're experiencing pain, your shoes might be a clue to what's happening up the kinetic chain…

Ready to ditch the pain and move freely? Contact us for a free consultation.

We'll help you unlock your body's natural potential for pain-free movement, one step – or barefoot step – at a time! 🦶🏼

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