most of you out there, your first thought will be, “how do my feet
affect my bodybuilding capability?” Did you know that misalignment
of the feet e.g pronation (dropped arches) or supination (over high
arches) can cause problems such as shin splint, heal pain, calf
pain, hip pain, lower back pain, groin pain, even neck
|The picture left
is placed thus for medical reasons only! (yeah right). Just
look at the state of those shoes? What IS the world coming to?
The poor girls feet, wish they were on my shoulders! Y’know, a
foot massage would do the trick.|
You see, the feet are our
foundations, much like the foundations of a house, when they are out
of alignment, the whole lot goes!! Basically, the problem comes
about by a faulty relationship between the bones and muscles of the
The way to put your feet “in order” and correct the
function of the body, is by devices worn in the shoes called
Now many of you will have seen these advertised in
shops, chemists or the Sunday papers. This is not the way to go.
Your feet are so individual that to do this is like buying glasses
just because they fit your ears! Orthotics must be fitted by a
qualified practitioner, which involves taking a mould of your feet
and assessing them as individual. They are expensive, but the right
orthotics will last for life.
How Do They Work?
your foot sits comfortably on the orthotics, it is gently and
consistently directed to the optimum position, allowing the foot to
function correctly when running, walking, standing or even lifting
weights. Heres an example of how they directly affect
A bodybuilder came to me with a lower
back pain, which I duly “fixed” with my osteopathic skills. However,
2 weeks later the pain had returned. I looked closer for a
functional cause and I found severe foot pronation. He said he had
found running difficult so stayed of the running machine for his
C.V. Running made his back worse and his calves hurt, I prescribed
orthotics, because as well as his other pains, his calves were
smaller than Mick Hart’s spelling capacity. (Ed’s Note: Ow ye, fcuk
Six months after the orthotics were fitted, the
calves have sprung out like Dorians, the back pain has gone, and now
he worships orthotics as a religion! You see, his calves had been
constantly overworking to hold his feet where they should have been,
and as we all know, overwork a muscle and it won’t
Being prescribed, orthotics can be the best investment
you can make in your overall musculoskeletal well-being.
Where do I get them
Be careful, some can be very expensive and only
last 2 years. The lab we use make them to last for life.
live near Surrey or London we prescribe them at our clinic phone me
Les Bailey on 0208 669 3818, or for your nearest prescriber, phone
orthotic express laboratory on 01604 755 551.
Misalignment can result in a number of problems commonly
flat feet, over pronation, persistant ankle sprains, bunions, corns,
calluses... even symptoms that would not normally associate with
feet such as stress and pain in the back, neck, hips and
Ed’s FOOT NOTE:
girl has a few problems with her feet - she cannot fucking see ‘em!
But it is nice to see that she is getting on fine with her chirope,
chiropa, chire, er foot doctor! Trouble is, the relationship is SO
good, he cannot seem to get her out of his head - LITERALLY!
nice when people get on - even nicer when they get