ur bodies function as a wholeand something as ‘small’ as aproblematic toe joint can giverise to problems in the hip,lower back and even in theneck and shoulders, as Caroline Sandryrecently discovered…..As a Pilates teacher, I’m well versed inpostural assessments, pain, and mis-aligned bodies. Client’s often don’tassociate back pain, for example, with afoot which perhaps over-pronates, or hippain caused by knock knees, aconsequence perhaps of weak glutealmuscles. As the body tries to compensatefor a weakness or injury somewhere, achain reaction occurs moving the problemelsewhere. And the more steps you take,the more that chain reaction is repeated -helping to explain why runners and veryactive people are prone to pain and injury.Gait imbalance specialists work toidentify and correct gait imbalances, Iwent along to find our more from two verydifferent styles of practitioner.
APOS, (‘All Phases of Step Cycle’) wasdeveloped by Israeli Doctors – Dr. AmitMor and Dr. Avi Elbas. Bupa has givenapproval to the system for their patients.Based in Reading I was assessed byNoga Ronkin. After assessing my gait,checking my posture and alignment andany muscle imbalances, it was into thelaboratory where I had to walk along a‘mat’ which houses the brains of thesystem. It measures stride length, groundcontact time, speed and toe in/ out. Theinformation gained is instantly printed out.The real magic comes from the APOSfootwear, two ‘Pertupods’ or cushioned discsare attached to the sole of special shoes –these are fully adjustable and subtly alterfoot-strike and correct imbalances. Nogaaltered my shoes several times until she wasfully satisfied that my knee was no longerdropping and I was walking efficiently.At the clinic I met an APOS client whoexplained that the system had really changedher life. She had tried many differenttreatments for pain, and after a couple of months of wearing her APOS shoes couldnow walk freely, stretch and lift with no pain.
I have an over-tight piriformis (deep rotatormuscle) and possible piriformis syndromeand my left knee drops in as I walk. Thepiriformis problem, it transpires is probablythe result of an injury to my big toe causedplaying beach football about a year ago. Thisresulted in being unable to fully weight bearon that joint and created a literal pain in my
Biomechanical Dysfunction affects more than50% of the population. Are you one of them?
Noga adjusts my APOS shoe Testing gait in the APOS clinic