There are several tiny muscles under the bottom of the feet and possibly because of their small size they have not gained much significance. This has started to change recently as studies have begun to indicate exactly how vital these muscles will be to normal functionality and dysfunction of the feet. They seem to perform a major function in how we balance and problems with these small muscles is more than likely a consideration in many of the digital deformities. This theme was dealt with within a newly released episode of the podiatry chat show which goes out live on Facebook called PodChatLive. In this episode the hosts chatted with Luke Kelly who has published substantially in the area of plantar intrinsic foot muscle function and just how crucial they are. Luke pointed out the spring-like purpose of the human feet while walking as well as the function of those muscles in that. Also, he talked about the reason why it is incorrect to believe a flat foot can be a “weaker” foot. Luke also discusses exactly why he's personally NOT a enthusiast of the ‘short foot exercise’ and just the reason conditioning the intrinsic musculature won't ever result in the medial longitudinal arch ‘higher’ which is a generally imagined misconception.
Dr Luke Kelly PhD has over fifteen years of clinical knowledge helping people with pain because of bone and joint injury and also long-term medical conditions. Luke has completed a Doctor of Philosophy in biomechanics and is actively associated with research which tries to increase the understanding and management of prevalent foot conditions, for example plantar fasciopathy, foot tendon problems, osteoarthritis in the foot in addition to children’s sporting disorders. He currently is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Sensorimotor Performance at the School of Human Movement & Nutrition Sciences in the University of Queensland in Australia. His latest research is studying the way the mind and spine integrates sensation responses to adapt the mechanical function of the foot when ambulating.