Foot health isn’t typically top of mind when thinking of fitness. However, the health and functionality of our feet have a domino effect from toe to top of the head. Pilates has the potential to optimize foot health through consistent practice and intentional exercises for feet. One tool for improving foot health is the Pilates Foot Corrector. This small, but mighty piece of Pilates equipment is a lesser known classical Pilates apparatus created by the method’s founder Joseph Pilates.
What is the Pilates Foot Corrector?
The Pilates Foot Corrector is a small, classical Pilates apparatus designed to strengthen the foot and improve mobility. The Foot Corrector works one foot at a time. A small metal bar is supported by two springs, providing resistance when pressed upon. The metal bar has a slight arch to mold the arch of the foot.
How do you use the Pilates Foot Corrector?
The Pilates Foot Corrector is used to help strengthen the foot and improve mobility by using different areas of the foot. Pressing the bar with your toes can help improve metatarsal strength and toe grip. Arch strength can be improved with using the arch to press into the bar.
With increased confidence and strength, Pilates foot corrector exercises can work beyond the feet. With less assisted support, the foot corrector can be used to improve leg/ hip strength and balance.
Can Pilates help with foot pain?
With correct form and consistent work, Pilates is excellent for improving and maintaining healthy feet. Foot pain can stem from a variety of sources. Depending on the source of the pain, Pilates may help reduce it. Some causes of foot pain can come from inflexibility, poor posture, foot/ ankle weakness, unsupportive footwear, or improper walking gait. Aside from leveling up your shoes, Pilates can address each of these potential causes.
Joseph Pilates understood the importance of healthy feet, consistently layering in foot exercises throughout the method on all apparatus. However, foot health doesn’t solely rest in your ten toes, arches and heels. Pain free feet often results from a domino effect throughout the entire body. Therein lies the benefit of a full body, Pilates practice. A strong centered core provides a stable trunk from which our appendages can be supported and strong. Hips and legs living in healthy alignment with a balance of strength and suppleness increases the likelihood of happy feet.
Throughout a Pilates class, correct toe, foot and ankle alignment is emphasized. Ankles should avoid rolling inward or out, rather ankles are aligned over the feet. Whether on the mat or reformer, weight distribution is vital for balance and healthy muscular development. While on toes, weight should center between the first and second toe. If pressing through the heels, weight is centered in the heel.
If you’re looking to keep a spring in your step, it’s time to try Pilates. From foot health to overall wellbeing, Pilates is a fun and enjoyable exercise. ProHealth Physical Therapy and Pilates in Peachtree City, GA is fully staffed with certified Pilates instructors to help you get started today. Classes are available online and in-person. Visit https://prohealthga.com/.