In this episode we welcomed Dr Luke Kelly who has published extensively in the field of plantar intrinsic foot muscle function. Listen to him talk about the spring-like function of the human foot, and why it is false to assume a flatter foot is a “weaker” foot. He also explains why he is personally NOT a fan of the ‘short foot exercise’ (and the exercise he favours instead) and why strengthening the intrinsic muscles will never make the medial longitudinal arch ‘higher’. Hope you enjoy.
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About Luke Kelly:
Luke Kelly has over fifteen years of experience helping people with pain due to musculoskeletal injury and chronic health conditions. He has completed a PhD in biomechanics and is actively involved in research that attempts to improve our understanding and management of common foot conditions, such as plantar heel pain, tendon injuries, foot osteoarthritis and children’s sporting injuries. Luke was the Podiatry service coordinator for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 and is currently the biomechanics consultant to Cricket Australia. He currently is a Senior Research Fellow within the Centre for Sensorimotor Performance in the School of Human Movement & Nutrition Sciences at the University of Queensland. Luke’s research examines how the brain and spinal cord integrate sensory feedback to adapt the mechanical function of the foot during locomotion