Many people roll inwards with their feet as they walk (excessively pronate). This can result in the joints of the feet being ‘unlocked’ as we raise our heel to propel ourselves forward.
The ball of the big toe joint becomes less able to bear our weight and excessive weight is shifted across to the 2nd and possibly third toe joint resulting in build- up of hard skin.
- Excessive pronation is often due to tight calf muscles. Muscle energy techniques and concentrated stretching regimes can lengthen these muscles and get the body moving forward more efficiently.
- If calf muscle lengthening is not effective then orthotics may be necessary in order to reduce the pronation. This maybe a temporary measure until the calf muscles can be lengthened sufficiently.