Foot Function & Fascial Lines: Lateral Ankle Stability

In our first article of the Foot Function & Fascial Lines series we explored the integration between the Spiral Line and the Deep Front Line as it relates to propulsion and the 1st MPJ.    In today’s article we are going to explore the functional integration between the Lateral Line and the Deep Front Line –…

Toe-Spread vs. Short Foot: Intrinsic Activation

From the minimalist footwear movement to barefoot training, one of the greatest benefits of getting out of the orthotics and motion-controlled shoes is the activation of the plantar intrinsic foot muscles. As the health and fitness industry begins to embrace the many benefits of intrinsic foot strength, researchers are starting to question which foot exercises…

Rearfoot Position and Closed-Chain Calf Stretching

Normal gait requires at least 5 degrees of ankle dorsiflexion, with maximum dorsiflexion occurring closed chain during late mid stance when the subtalar joint is passing through neutral.   Limited ankle joint dorsiflexion can result in a myriad of compensations both proximally and distally. From knee hyperextension to midfoot over-pronation (calcaneal eversion), the deforming forces…

Foot Function and Fascial Lines: The 1st MPJ

Fascia.   A term that just a few years ago had little meaning in the performance and fitness industry.   The days of foam rollers collecting dust in the corner have been replaced with courses specializing in fascial dissection, trigger point release and rehab programming related to fascial lines. As we enter this paradigm shift in the…