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The Importance of the Small Muscles Under the Foot

There are many small muscles underneath the arch of the foot and probably due to their size they have not received much importance. This has begun to change recently as research has started to illustrate exactly how necessary these muscles will be to natural functionality and biomechanics of the feet. The intrinsic musculature appears to play an important roll in the way we balance and disorders of these little muscles is more than likely an issue in many of the toe deformities. This subject was addressed at a recently available show of the podiatry talk show that is broadcast live on Facebook called PodChatLive. In this PodChatLive the hosts talked with Luke Kelly who has researched a lot in the area of plantar intrinsic foot muscle biomechanics and just how essential they may be. He pointed out the spring-like function of the human feet whenever running and walking and also the function of these muscles in that. Also, he outlined exactly why it is fictitious to assume a flat foot might be a “weaker” foot. Also, he discusses why he is personally NOT a enthusiast of the ‘short foot exercise’ and simply the reason toning up the These muscles  will not ever make the medial longitudinal arch ‘higher’ which happens to be a generally imagined misconception.

Dr Luke Kelly PhD has over 15 years of clinical knowledge helping individuals with pain due to musculoskeletal injury and persistent health problems. Luke has completed a Doctor of Philosophy in biomechanics and is also actively involved in investigations which endeavors to enhance our knowledge and therapy for prevalent foot conditions, including plantar heel pain, foot tendon problems, arthritis in the foot as well as children’s sporting problems. He is right now a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Sensorimotor Performance in the School of Human Movement & Nutrition Sciences in the University of Queensland in Australia. His recent scientific studies are studying how the mind and spinal cord brings together sensation feedback to modify the biomechanical purpose of the feet when ambulating.

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