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Foot and Ankle Biomechanics: Form determines Function

Summary

When we think about foot and ankle injuries we need to realize that  they are separate injuries, and are not separate in the underlying dysfunction. The foot and ankle are very closely interconnected, and require proper placement and orientation in order to function optimally and transmit force of a sudden impact up the chain instead of sustaining an injury. If the ankle and foot are already in a poorly placed position in static posture and dynamic movements, you will be more likely to sustain an injury over time due to the constant wear on certain structures that are important for maintaining joint position and stability. You may not be injured right away, but the constant wear on these structures will eventually falter and cause range of motion limitations, weakness, tenderness, tightness and pain.

 

Cause

The body is constantly adapting to the stresses that we place on it. When we exceed the structure’s ability to handle the stress, injuries occur. Over time, bad form and static posture will cause chronic holding patterns, where subconsciously your body goes to a seemingly normal position that is actually creating a dysfunction that will be extremely hard to break without constant effort to break. Moving from subconscious dysfunction to subconscious function takes a lot of work and effort. You can’t expect to get one treatment or one exercise or one habit change and expect your dysfunctions to go away. 

Effects

At Structura, we look at the body as a whole. We take into consideration past injuries, static posture, movement dysfunctions as well as working directly with the soft tissues that can have an effect on the form and ultimately the function of how the foot and ankle work specifically for what we are discussing here. Several fascial chains have direct connections to the foot and ankle; specifically the lateral line, spiral line superficial front and back lines, and deep front line.

Treatment

At Structura, we look at the body as a whole. We take into consideration past injuries, static posture, movement dysfunctions as well as working directly with the soft tissues that can have an effect on the form and ultimately the function of how the foot and ankle work specifically for what we are discussing here. Several fascial chains have direct connections to the foot and ankle; specifically the lateral line, spiral line superficial front and back lines, and deep front line. These fascial lines have the ability to contract independently, hold stress and have knots, stimulating the sensation of tightness, pain, instability or weakness. This is why we may look in other places besides just your problem area to address the body as a whole. Releasing, unwinding and realigning fascia is what we specialize in, in order to get you back to doing what you love to do, PAIN FREE

Nick from Kaysville, UT Testimonial

 

I was in a car accident and hurt my neck and low back. I came into Structura Body Therapies and they helped me get rid of the pain I was having. I would recommend to anyone that has been in an accident to come in and get some bodywork done from Structura!

Pamela from Utah Testimonial

I was afraid to try Structura because I heard the therapy might be painful. But it was going into months and months with plantar fasciitis and not being able to walk without limping and waddling. That was painful too. Through the therapy sessions, I found that I was twisted and seized up all over. I’m not sure when the fasciitis actually completely healed, but it did 100%. The therapy was a little painful, but nothing like the pain of months of fasciitis and years of waddling. At 58 years old, I can finally move my legs again so I can walk normally and start exercising.

Lisa from Layton, UT Testimonial

I felt so good after each of the 10 sessions of Structural Integration. Parts of my body that bothered me before the session felt so much better after being worked on. My knees that hurt before, didn’t bother me after being worked on.

Jon from Ogden Utah Testimonial

Working with Structura Body Therapies has been a life-changing experience. They are not only extremely skilled in their practice, but are very educational. I noticed a big difference after the first visit

John
Ogden, UT

Jessica from Ogden, UT Testimonial

Structura has truly helped me so much! It was a long road to recovery, but I skipped the surgeries and was able to naturally heal over time. I continue to go on a regular basis for maintenance now. This is an amazing way to stay in top performance and learn about mobility and movement.

Tiffany from West Valley, UT Testimonial

I was having some lower back pain and and they’re deep tissue massage helped me feel better. The therapist was really nice and I felt amazing after the 60-minute session. I would highly recommend anyone with back pain to go to them. -Tiffany

Susan from Neveda Testimonial

I was in a car accident and hurt my neck and low back. I came into Structura Body Therapies and they helped me get rid of the pain I was having. I would recommend to anyone that has been in an accident to come in and get some bodywork done from Structura!

Annie from Layton, UT Testimonial

I’ve been able to get my life back thanks to the therapists at Structura. Taylor and Skye were amazing at listening and critically thinking. They were both very professional. I had dealt with 1.5 years of debilitating pain in my lower back and shooting pain down my legs. After physical therapy, multiple steroid shots, and mediations to deal with the pain I heard about Structura. Thanks to these amazing people I can sleep through the night, enjoy activities I love, and play with my kids. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing more than a relaxing massage.

Jeannie from Clearfield, UT Testimonial

I am a 62 year old female. For several years, I have become less flexible and stiff. I was introduced to Structura and finished the 10 weekly sessions of Structural Integration. They are very professional and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Structura Body Therapies’ therapy.

Kaylee from North Ogden, UT Testimonial

I was experiencing a lot of knee pain after having surgery for a torn ACL. Months of physical therapy and a 2nd knee surgery didn’t help the pain and issues I was having. I was ready to just live with the pain but I decided to give Structura’s therapy a try. It has helped my knee tremendously! My knee pain is gone and my range of motion is back! So happy I found this therapy! If you are experiencing pain that your doctors can’t figure out, I would highly recommend Structura’s therapy!

Debra Testimonial

The people are friendly, and make you feel at ease. They are very professional, and I saw results fast. I am thankful that there is hope to take away my pain, which I have lived with for so long. I would highly recommend Structura to anyone.

J. Sanchez from Clearfield, UT Testimonial

I was introduced to Structura Body Therapies by a family member.  I have suffered from chronic pain for the past 9 years and the source of the pain was finally diagnosed. I started coming to Structura to see how their therapies could help me before, between, and after the two hip surgeries I would need to correct the source of my pain. I cannot express enough how pleased I am with the results of the therapy thus far!  I recently had the first surgery and the therapies from Structura Body Therapies have cut my healing time by 4 weeks! I am looking very forward to completing my next surgery and then starting the Structural Integration program with Structura.

Kellie from Hooper, UT Testimonial

I am running again! Less than a year ago, I had a doctor, physical therapist, and a chiropractor all tell me I needed to stop running because of constant back and neck pain, along with ankle and groin injuries. Well, they were wrong! Because of Stuctura Body Therapies, in the last 2 months, I have ran a half marathon, a 5K, and I am continuing to run 3 times a week. The 10-week Structural Integration program, and continued maintenance, have been a true blessing for me. The therapists and staff at Structura are the best, and are professional and caring. So grateful to have found this amazing technique.

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