How good is your tripod? Looks can be deceiving

You have heard us here on the blog talking about the foot tripod. For those of you who may not remember; click here and here for a refresher.

In the right foot (far left image) pedograph, you notice increased ink under the three points of the tripod (pass your mouse or click on the image to enlarge): The center of the calcaneus, the head of the 1st metatarsal and the head of the 5th metatarsal. Looks pretty good, correct ? The left one (center image) shows more weight on the lateral aspect of the foot.

Note now the picture of the feet that go with this tripod (far right). Pretty scary, huh ? Their left foot actually looks like a better tripod, especially the medial tripod.  So, what does that tell you? It tells you that from the pedograph print (remember the person is walking across the pedograph), they are able to compensate better on the right than on the left.  Remember what we always say, what you see is not what is wrong or what is actually truthfully going on.

So, what do you do?

consider exercises to increase the foot tripod (tripod standing, the Extensor hallucis brevis exercise,  lift spread reach ) and try and make the weight distribution equal from side to side.

The Gait Guys. Making sure you are firing on all your cylinders (or walking on all 3 points of the tripod). 

Want to know more? Consider taking the 3 part National Shoe Fit Program. Email us at thegaitguys@gmail.com for more details. 

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