What role do the small muscles under the foot play?
There are several smaller muscles beneath the plantar surface of the feet and possibly because of their dimension they have not been given much importance. It has started to change lately as research has started to illustrate exactly how critical these muscles are to natural function and dysfunction of the feet. They appear to have a critical function in how we balance and failures of these tiny muscles is most likely a factor in most of the digital deformities. This issue was concentrated on at a newly released episode of the podiatry talk show which goes out live on Facebook called PodChatLive. In that episode the hosts chatted with Luke Kelly who has written extensively in the field of plantar intrinsic foot muscle biomechanics and just how fundamental they may be. Luke described the spring-like purpose of the human foot when walking and running along with the purpose of those muscles in that. He also outlined precisely why it is fictitious to assume a pronated foot is a “weaker” foot. He also explains exactly why he is personally NOT a fan of the ‘short foot exercise’ and just the reason conditioning the intrinsic musculature should never result in the medial longitudinal arch ‘higher’ which happens to be a generally imagined myth.
Dr Luke Kelly PhD has more than fifteen years of clinical expertise helping people with pain as a result of musculoskeletal injury and long-term medical ailments. He has finished a Doctor of Philosophy in biomechanics and is actively involved in research which endeavors to improve the knowledge and treatments for prevalent foot conditions, including plantar heel pain, foot tendon problems, osteoarthritis in the feet in addition to children’s sporting disorders. Luke currently is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Sensorimotor Performance at the School of Human Movement & Nutrition Sciences in the University of Queensland in Australia. His recent scientific studies are examining the way the brain and spine integrates sensory responses to adapt the mechanical purpose of the foot when ambulating.