Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy. Okay. Martial artists. Are you trying to improve the strength of your kick?Well then let's talk about your feet, because that will get you a much stronger kick. I don't mean just worrying about how you point your toes and make sure you're gonna be able to keep your foot in a blade so that you're hitting your target with the blade of your foot. Or being able to pull your ankle uptight. I wanna talk about those of you out there that have your arches that drop. In this video, we're gonna talk a little bit about the anatomy of a foot and how important the arch is. And then we're gonna talk about even if you know that you have the arch problem, why you can't just go on YouTube and figure this out, why that's so complicated and you've probably been spinning your wheels for a very long time, trying to figure that out.
Let's talk about this. The anatomy of the foot, your arch is very important and it's true. Everybody's born with a slightly different height and other things. There are some variants here, overall. If we're just gonna take a “person”, this “person's” arch, say there's a big space underneath there. What that arch helps do is not only when all the muscles are tightening correctly and doing what they're supposed to. Helps give that person a very firm foundation for the rest of their body.
It also helps them with shock absorption. So as they land the muscles in the bottom of your feet are helping you absorb the impact of landing. That's true, no matter what you're doing, whether that's walking, whether that's kicking, it doesn't matter that that's what your arch does. That's why you have it. You have a little bit of bounce that can happen. You walk on uneven surfaces, you have that little give so to speak.
Some people have an arch when they're sitting and then when they stand, they have no arch. Other people have no arch because that's just genetically how they were made, right? They were born with flat feet. Certain amounts of this, you really do need to look at the person and see how everything aligns. But since most people have an arch, we're gonna talk about it in that manner, right? Take my “person”, they started off with an arch, but then over time, this arch has now collapsed. Again, like I said, some people have an arch when they're sitting and then none when they stand. So that would be their reality. They stood up and their arch just pew goes down.
So what causes your foot to become flat? There's several things. It could be that your muscles are just overstretched. They don't have the strength to stabilize against your weight on your foot. It could also be that you have ligaments that aren't able to do their job anymore. No matter how hard your muscles try, they don't have the ligaments there to support them. Of course there could be a combination thereof. Now one might say, “well, it's just a flat foot who cares”, but what happens at your foot affects your ankle and then affects your knee and therefore can affect your hip and your back.
Because as you've seen on this model,( shown in video) every time I push that arch down, that shin bone starts to go at an angle, which on a person you know, their shin bones are like this, but I'd say most people that have flat feet don't notice that their, their shins tilts in, it still correct itself to go up straight.
But it does stress out the inside of that knee because you figure, if this is going up and it's gonna meet your femur, then this one's gonna still be wanting to be tilted down. And your femurs are gonna be wanting to go up based on what's happening at your hip. So it puts a lot of strain on the inside of your knee and over time that can cause ligaments to get strained, sprained or worse tear. It can cause medial meniscus tears. It can cause a whole host of things just having that extra pressure on the inside of your knee
Now, how would this affect your kick? When you're kicking, you need to have a very strong leg stance, right? Obviously because that's the only thing touching the ground. If it's not strong and not stable, then you're gonna have a problem getting enough strength, impact, power to go out on the kicking leg.
If your foot collapses in, now you've lost all shock absorption. You can't spring, right? You don't have any bounce that gives on that stance leg, which can help you get a little bit more of a whip, a little bit more power and quickness. Again, if you don't have that strength to maintain that arch, you can't get that pop. Right?
The other thing that happens is when I was talking about your knee, if your knee is being pulled inward, then oftentimes you're gonna have a problem with either straightening or bending your knee, because your body's going to adapt to try to keep that stability. It's going to naturally lend to wanting to do one or the other, which again, for your stance leg, you don't want it wasting any energy. I don't want my leg wasting any energy on anything other than trying to kick that target. If it's fighting itself to stay stable, it's wasting energy. That is how just a little bit of the arch support can really affect your kick.
Depending on what level you're trying to kick at, if you're recreational, then you may never notice this, but if you're trying to compete or trying to really progress in this sport. That little bit is an edge and you don't wanna lose any edges. Right? That's important.
Now, if you've been watching YouTube videos and you're like, well, I've been doing all the strengthening exercises and I don't understand why this isn't working. Our bodies are gonna move in the path that is easiest for it, right? Nobody's gonna spontaneously look at a video and say, “Hey, that person moves differently than me. I can't quite make out that form the way that they are.” You're just gonna move your body the way that you think it's supposed to go. You're like, “Well I mean, I'm doing what they're saying. So that has to be right.”
If your arches are collapsing, there may be something going on and you're not able to actually do the exercises exactly the way that it's being demonstrated on the video. You may be using muscles that they're not using. How would you know that? Because you're just moving your body the way it's supposed to you. Don't I mean, how would you correct that?
I believe that is the number one reason why when somebody comes in and speaks with me, they're like, “But I've been doing all the videos and even the exercises you're giving me, I already knew about those.” I'm like, yeah, but are you doing 'em the same way?
A hundred percent they're never doing them the exact same way. These are well trained athletes that have been doing this for a long time, but their body moved a certain way. When they look at those videos and they look at that stuff, their bodies are moving the same way that it is. I don't wanna say injured because this is probably not an injury, but it just moves in a different way than the intention on that video.
That is where coming in and seeing somebody that is a movement specialist and just having them help tease out some things you might not even be having to do exercises you hadn't heard of, you might just be tweaking how you're doing them.
And all of that, to say that you could be increasing your strength, your power, or your speed with that kick by just tweaking one or two things. So I hope that this information helps. And I hope you're having a good kick day. Bye.
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