“The way we stand is so important. Our body can only handle so much strain in one position,” said Diane Koshimune, DPM, a podiatrist. When standing, most people’s tendency is to assume a “relaxed” stance, with the arch of the foot collapsed and your foot rolled in slightly, she said. That position puts more tension on the inner side of your foot, ultimately leading to pain in the foot, ankle, and lower back.
|Dr. Diane Koshimune
Focusing on maintaining a more “active” stance can help distribute your weight more evenly and align your joints, Dr. Koshimune said. To do this, she advises engaging the leg and foot muscles while standing and, without picking up your feet, rotating your kneecaps outward slightly, which will cause the arches to lift slightly. The stance requires steady focus, of course, but Dr. Koshimune said, “Mindfulness can help to make standing a little more comfortable.”
Source: Judi Ketteler, The New York Times [8/1/19]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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