The greater the length of the longest lever (the distance between the 1stMTPJ and the calcaneus), the greater the amount of energy and time that is required to effect a specific movement. Put simply, by keeping the lever short, it increases the action’s efficiency.
Stand in Your Feet
The feet we see in front of each of us are the product of what we have done to them. Yes, you all developed definitive foot types in your childhood but body type, elasticity, footwear, lifestyle etc all have an effect on how our feet look today and these flippers are what we use for cycling. It’s these influences that shape the curvatures of our joint’s connecting surfaces and over time, will determine the angles and direction at which our feet will move through each cycle revolution, thereby influencing the movement patterns of the major joints above it.
Take The Lever to The Ground or The Ground to The Lever?
In the far majority of clients I see, the 1st MTPJ sits higher than the 5th MTPJwhen the hindfoot is placed in its “ideal” position.
Potentialise Your Foot!
So what does this mean? Well, knowing that the greatest amount of potential power in the foot will be generated by the contact of the 1st MTPJ against the pedal, what happens when this joint doesn’t even touch the pedal when the foot’s in it’s ideal position. You’re either going to lose the “ideal” position, take an eternity to generate the power or both.
That's My Job!
And which one of these scenarios would you prefer? If we can’t bring the lever to the ground, then we must bring the ground to the lever. There is no cookie-cutter mold, no one-size fits all policy to foot mechanics but everyone’s foot type has the ability to create power in the shortest amount of time with the least amount of expended energy. It’s simply my job to find it