Let’s talk feet! What are your feet looking like?Next time you put your feet on the foot bar, lift your head up and check them out! Where are your ankles? Are they rolling to the outside (towards the toe that went wee, wee, wee, all the way home)? Or to the inside (towards the big toe that went to the market)? We are striving for a position that aligns the ankle to be directly over the ball of the foot, with the weight of your body evenly pressing into the middle of the ball of your foot in a neutral position, without supinating or pronating. Now what the heck does this mean? And what does a neutral ankle position mean? Check out the picture below of what a neutral ankle position looks like so that you have a point of reference.Note how the ankle is over the ball of the foot and the client here is neither pressing into the inside or outside of of foot. This alignment is important because we are developing strength and stability in the supporting muscles of the foot, ankle, and calf to support the ankle in a healthy position.Pronation refers to the inward rolling of your ankle (towards the big toe and instep). This is very common if you have a flat arch. In the picture below, the client’s feet are in an excessive amount of pronation. If you pronate, you will feel a lot of pressure into the big toe and the first and second metatarsals when pressing into the foot bar.
Dear Pilates of Charleston clients, We hope everyone is staying safe and well in these difficult times. We sure have missed seeing you in the