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Pilates and Feet


The foot muscles run along the under side of the foot and / or into the lower part of the leg.

Your feet are your base of support and should never be forgotten when training. Pilates includes footwork, placement and awareness of the feet in studio training.  The lower limbs support your HAT, head, arms and torso.

When addressing good posture it is important to distribute the weight correctly through the feet.

Some of the smallest muscles in the feet (Lumbricals) have one of the highest number of receptors. Receptors are designed for balancing the body.

Pilates classes are taught barefoot or in socks to encourage correct foot placement, client awareness of foot placement and in turn this enables the muscles of the feet to contract, therefore improving general posture and balance.

Feet and Heels

Feet and Heels

Common Signs of Foot Problems

Heels leaning inwards

One or both knee caps turn inwards

Bunions may be viewable

Developing knee pain when active and pain eases with rest

Soles of the shoes at the heel may show wearing as well as other areas

plus others

Postural Changes that May Effect the Feet

Excessive Pronation – rolling in at the ankle

Excessive Supination – rolling out at the ankle

Abnormal  Pelvic Mechanics – excessive movement of the pelvis side, front or back

plus others

Pilates and Exercising the Feet

Stretching, stabilising and strengthening the gluteals (buttock), quadriceps (front of thigh), hamstrings (back of thigh), as well as the muscles of the lower leg and feet may assist in improving foot problems.

As we age the increase in falls is well known.

It is important to maintain the strength in the lower limbs to help prevent falls and improve balance.




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