There are many smaller muscles beneath the bottom of the foot and in all likelihood due to their size they haven't yet been given much interest. This has begun to change recently as research has started to indicate precisely how vital those muscles are to natural function and biomechanics of the feet. They seem to play a vital function in the way we balance and failures of these little muscles is most likely an issue in most of the toe deformities. This topic was dealt with in a newly released show of the podiatry live show that is broadcast live on Facebook known as PodChatLive. In that episode the hosts chatted with Luke Kelly who has written substantially in the area of plantar intrinsic foot muscle biomechanics and just how significant they may be. He reviewed the spring-like function of the human foot whenever walking along with the role of the intrinsic muscles in this. Luke also outlined exactly why it is wrong to believe a overpronated foot will be a “weaker” foot. Luke also explains precisely why he is personally NOT a supporter of the ‘short foot exercise’ and simply exactly why strengthening the intrinsic musculature should never make the medial longitudinal arch ‘higher’ which happens to be a commonly theorized myth.
Dr Luke Kelly PhD has over fifteen years of clinical knowledge assisting people with pain resulting from orthopedic injury along with long-term medical conditions. Luke has accomplished a PhD in biomechanics and is also actively involved in research that endeavors to enhance the knowledge and therapy for common foot conditions, such as plantar heel pain, foot tendon disorders, arthritis in the foot in addition to children’s sports problems. Luke is right now a Senior Research Fellow within the Centre for Sensorimotor Performance in the School of Human Movement & Nutrition Sciences at the University of Queensland in Australia. His current research is examining how the mind and spinal cord includes sensory responses to adapt the mechanical function of the feet during walking.