The importance of feet in Pilates and in everyday life.
The foot is the foundation of the body; balance in the feet sets up optimal activity through the legs, pelvis and core muscles. Joseph Pilates understood the importance of the foot. He developed foot correctors, toe correctors and numerous foot and leg exercises that emphasize proper use of the foot. … Our feet are the most used, and probably the least taken care of part of the body. We expect our feet to propel us through space and get us where we want to go every day of our lives. The arches of our feet are designed to provide us with flexibility, help absorb shock, distribute the weight of the body,and help us adapt to surface changes when walking, running, and climbing. Weak feet can affect absolutely every other part of our system. If the muscles of the feet aren’t working properly to hold the bones of the feet and ankles in correct alignment, it’s a good bet that nothing stacked above the feet is aligned correctly either. This means the right muscles aren’t working when walking, standing, sitting, or exercising. During everything we do, we are then placing added stress on every joint. Over time, this misalignment and poor muscle use can result in foot, ankle, knee, hip, sacro-illiac joint, lower-mid-upper back, shoulder, and neck pain. Improperly balanced feet affect the whole body!) Here are two exercises one can do at home to improve foot strength and overall posture.