Podiatrist Dr. Ray McClanahan says, “If you’re an active adult American, you are slowly maiming your feet — and by extension, the rest of your body.” He points out that bunions don’t exist where people don’t wear constrictive shoes. A bunion, in fact, is not a bone issue but “a progressive dislocation of the big toe joint.”
|Dr. Ray McClanahan
The implications of this dislocation are significant. When your toe is pushing inward, you can’t form your arch properly, and you lose foot strength and balance as a result. This then leads to problems up the chain, in the knee and hip. “If you can’t stabilize your foot, you can’t prepare for propulsion,” McClanahan says. “Your brain senses that, and it is not going to let other prime movers do their jobs, because it realizes the foundation is not stable enough to do that.”
Source: Jonathan Beverly, Montgomery Advertiser [6/26/17]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PMP News.
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