Corrective Exercise Solutions: Foot and Ankle Pain

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Corrective Exercise Solutions: Foot and Ankle Pain

The latest research on chronic muscle and joint pain shows that reports of musculoskeletal issues are continuing to rise and that the number of people seeking help to alleviate their problems through alternative therapies, such as corrective exercise, is increasing dramatically (IDEA, 2013). Medical doctors and other licensed professionals are also now regularly referring patients/clients that are experiencing musculoskeletal pain to allied health and fitness professionals for help (Huffington Post, 2013). Fitness industry-based research shows that 90% of personal training clients and new gym-goers report experiencing muscle and joint pain that is limiting their ability to exercise/workout effectively (IDEA, 2013). These statistics point to the fact that clients need targeted and successful strategies to help them alleviate muscle and joint pain. As a result, the field of corrective exercise is booming and the integration of successful pain-relief strategies into personal training is now an absolute necessity.

One of the most common musculoskeletal complaints fitness clients will experience is pain in the foot and ankle area (Doherty et al, 2014). Foot pain and associated injuries such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and neuromas have been reported in almost a quarter of the population. Ankle injuries such as sprains, strains and Achilles tendinitis are reported in over 15% of people, with foot and ankle injuries together affecting almost 40% of the population at one time or another (Thomas et al., 2011). Foot and ankle pain/injuries can also lead to other musculoskeletal problems such as knee, hip, back, shoulder and neck pain. Obviously, foot and ankle pain negatively affect one’s quality of life and ability to enjoy workouts and/or maintain a program of regular of exercise (Hill et al., 2008).

In order for fitness professionals to develop the skills necessary to assist clients affected by foot/ankle pain, The BioMechanics Method has created this solution-based corrective exercise course. It is designed especially for personal trainers to help clients uncover the underlying musculoskeletal causes of their foot and/or ankle pain and provide them simple corrective exercise solutions to eliminate it.

The course begins with an overview of the structural assessment process that is a standard feature of The BioMechanics Method. This summary will prepare you for the general elements of initiating and conducting a structural assessment with a client. You will then learn specific assessments for evaluating the feet and ankles. Once you are able to identify the deviations most commonly found in the feet/ankle complex, you will be introduced to the feet and ankles from a functional anatomy perspective. This will enable you to understand how the muscles and soft tissue structures in this area of the body are affected by the common imbalances. Finally, you will learn about the corrective exercise protocols that can be used to successfully eliminate pain, improve function and rehabilitate specific foot and ankle injuries.

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