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Posted on 05-01-2012

For the month of May, we offered patients and non-patients the chance to get a free foot scan.  Our goal was to educate people on how much their feet impacted their life.  This blog is intented to help patients understand their foot assessment.  Have you ever experienced foot pain, shin splints, knee pain or even lower back pain?  Those could all be symptoms of a fallen arch in your foot.

In the upper right corner, you can find your personal "Pronation/Stability Index" number.  This number varies from person to person and is based off of the condition of your feet and your stance.  The index reveals the severity of pronation/stability in your feet and it ranges from Optimal to Severe.  The "Optimal" range is from 0 - 34, the "Mild" range is from 35 - 84, the "Moderate" range is from 85 - 124 and the "Severe" range is anything from 125 and beyond.  The higher the number the more your arch has fallen and the more your body has to change the way it stands.  Untreated imbalances of any level may lead to chronic problems throughout your body.

Next you will see the image of your feet as well as a small color image of your feet.  This color image displays where there is pressure.  Blue represents areas with no pressure, Green represents areas with little pressure, Yellow represents areas with mild pressure and Red...  Well, Red represents areas where there is A LOT of pressure.  In an optimal foot image, there would only be red in the heel and the sole of your foot.  As the arch in your feet start to cave and fall inwards, more pressure is placed on additional areas of the feet. 

Now your body is forced to accommodate and acclimate to the changes in your stance.  A typical identifer of the shift in your body is to view the percentage rate that varies from your left foot stance to your right foot stance.  In an optimal stance, one's percentage rate should be an even 50/50.  If your left foot stance rate is 53.7 and your right foot stance rate is 46.3 that means you carry 53.7% of your body's weight on your left side.  (Example:  A person who is 120 lbs and has the same foot stance ratio is carrying 65 lbs on their left side and 55 lbs on their right side.  That means they are carrying an extra 10 lbs on their left foot!

When pronation occurs, your body will start to exhibit additional signs and ailments.  Your knee will rotate inwards and your hip will sag and cause your pelvis to tilt.  When your pelvis is tilted, your spine curves and your shoulders become uneven.  (FYI: When a person sits on their walet or foot, a pelvis tilt occurs and will experience the same signs and ailments).  When your body is confined and restricted to a certain stance and position, it succumbs to that position.

For additional information, please visit http://www.footlevelers.com/about/understanding-your-feet or http://www.andorrapediatrics.com/ap_folders/hand-outs/knowledge/pronation.htm

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