| Article written on June 5th, 2016 at 7:24pm | Follow Garrett on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram |
Didn’t get a chance to get out my previous #MobilityMonday posts? Here is a list of what you missed:
- Great Toe
- Hip (Adductors)
- Hip (Hip Flexor & Posterior Capsule)
- Hip (Hamstring Flexibility & Pelvic Positioning)
- Thoracic Spine
- Shoulder (Overhead Motion)
- Addressing Neural Tension with Leah Sawyer PT
- The Mechanism Behind Foam Rolling
- Restoring Relative Motion with Foam Rolling
With the foot being the first part of the body in contact with the ground during most functional movements, proper mobility and function are of the utmost importance. The metatarsals are the 5, long bones of the foot that span from the tarsals to phalanges. Although they don’t require a lot of mobility and offer more structural support than movement, they must possess the ability to glide past each other.
As we complete basic locomotor patterns such as walking and running, the metatarsals adjust to ground contact throughout heel strike, mid stance, and toe off. Because we often restrict optimal foot mobility by wearing sneakers and dress shoes throughout the day, rigidity between the metatarsals develops. This can alter foot mechanics, reduce performance outcomes, and increase the risk of lower extremity injury.
In the following video, I talk about improving metatarsal gliding and mobility within the foot…
By: Garrett McLaughlin, MS, ATC, CSCS, ART