A digital footprint is just that–a digital picture of your feet, but it can provide a wealth of information about your feet since 16 points are measured. Here are some things you can learn from your foot scan:
Arches. Fallen arches cause many foot problems including low back and hip pain. A loss of arch height will cause a flattening and rolling in of the foot- this is termed pronation. Because everything is connected, the bones of the leg also inwardly rotate.
Foot Rotation. Excessive rotation of the bones of the leg (tibia and femur) will cause unnecessary stresses on the knee as well as twisting of the pelvis and spine. If the pronation is more prevalent on one side, there can be a resultant unleveling of the pelvis and a functional scoliosis.
Weight Distribution. Tilting of the pelvis places tension on muscles and connective tissues, which can eventually lead to chronic back problems.
Heel-Strike. High levels of heel-strike shock can result from breakdown of the body’s natural “shock absorbers.” The shock wave then transmits up the kinetic chain causing painful symptoms all the way up to the head, slowed recovery of leg and spine injuries, and aggravation of other conditions.