Building From The Ground Up... Why The Foot and Ankle are so important for Injury Prevention and Performance!
We are currently in a day and age, where people want to know exactly what is going on with their body and the "why" behind it. We want answers and we want them now. Look at the increasing number of "wearable technology," DNA tests, rapidly accessible blood panels, and different imaging scans available. This is especially true when it comes to pain and lack of performance. Many times when an injury occurs in an area of the body or lack of strength or mobility is apparent in a certain area, we have tunnel vision in looking only at the area directly related to where the pain or lack of strength is located. Many times the area of pain or weakness is not the source of pain or weakness. Where should we be looking and why?
Think about this, 26 bones, 33 joints, and over one hundred small muscles and small tendons; and that’s just one of them. The human foot is one of the more intricate, complex and fascinating parts of the human body.
I mean we really only get 2 of these things to walk on for the entirety of our human existence. These are the two things that keep us in contact with the Earth. They are our main connection, but do we really pay attention to this connection? Are we in tune with foot/ground connection and how it plays a role in our every day function as well as performance in whatever sport we like to partake in.
There are many reasons why we need to pay attention to our foot and ankle in this kind of way.
Dr. Luke Greenwell is a Performance Based Physical Therapist with an extensive background in treating the injured athlete. He is passionate about returning people to the sports & activities they love. He has post-doctorate certifications in Manual Spine Therapy and Functional Dry Needling. He is also a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has extensive experience in Dartfish video gait/running analysis, concussion rehab, & functional movement screening & correction. He is the owner of CrossFit based RecoverRx Physical Therapy