There are 26 bones, 33 joints, and 100 muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the human foot. We expect a great deal from our feet, and there are lots of opportunities for things to go awry.
Most injuries begin from the ground up. If your feet aren’t flexible and strong – or if they supinate or pronate – there’s a trickle-up effect that results in fatigue and injury. When misalignment occurs, you’re more prone to knee injuries… then femur issues… then hip issues.
Because Pilates exercises are done barefoot, your feet have the opportunity to strengthen and develop the muscles that help support the arches. The initial exercises done on the Pilates reformer are specifically designed for foot work.
It’s important to remember that feet are not just appendages, they’re part of a connected, intricate system. Strengthening the core, aligning the spine, and ensuring your feet remain flexible and strong are the first steps to counterbalancing the wear and tear your feet face every day.
Love your feet. Treat them to all the benefits of Pilates.