This patient presented with hypermobile flat feet. He tripped frequently and shied away from running activities. You'll see how far he has to place his feet in an abducted position (turned out) due to the severe subtalar pronation, causing his knees to internally rotate. His brain has worked out how far he needs to point his feet so his knees can point straight ahead.
Notice as soon as he put the orthotics on ( the shod video was literally the first time he had put them on 2 weeks later), his feet are able to point straight ahead because his brain works out very quickly that he doesn't have to turn his feet severely out to get his knees pointing straight ahead. Basically, we have reduced his pronation to a "within normal limits" amount. Hopefully, as he ages his ligaments will tighten and his feet may improve. Observing his families feet, this may not be the case....
We ran through appropriate stretches for his calves and legs, and exercises to strengthen his feet. He was fitted with prescription orthotics as you can see in the end of the video, 2 weeks after the barefoot video.
A few weeks later he was in-touch to let us know how delighted he was with the results, as he is running comfortably, has better balance and is not tripping over his own feet any more.
At Sydney Sports Podiatry, we have treated feet from everyday to elite.
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Sydney CBD 9241 1577
West Pymble 9418 2926
Mater Clinic 9460 3500.