What do you see? Are your feet pointing straight in front of you or do they splay out? Does just one of them angle out or in? Angling in is referred to as pigeon toed. Angling out is referred to as duck footed. Ever wonder why?
It’s possible you were born this way, though most childhood rotational issues correct themselves. Where do you look to remedy this alignment malfunction?
It is possible to have a foot or ankle injury that causes you to compensate and ultimately adapt to a specific manner of walking. However, most times the source of that alignment gets its cueing from your hips—their internal and external rotation.
To correct the gps of your feet start by being more deliberate when you walk. Be very aware of your foot placement, activate your hip flexors, stand tall and look straight ahead. Since we sit so much of the day it is very possible our hip flexors are a tad compromised. Encourage your hips to rotate in and out while you are lying in bed or just chillin’. A few times a day check out your foot placement.
Slowly you should be see an improvement in their alignment. If you want a more in depth review of your overall posture and the potential adjustments necessary to allow you to feel better in your body, let us know and we can schedule a session to take a series of posture photos for you.
Peggy Stevens is the founder, owner and operator of RiversZen Fitness Studios in Oregon and Washington. She is also the creator of StretchPro. You can join Peggy live at RiversZen.com or follow her online at MyRiversZen.com
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