The act of walking is about efficiency and coordination, but when efficiency and coordination fail us, each step we take can have disastrous consequences. The average person walks at a pace of approximately 90-120 steps per minute, and with the cumulative weight our feet take that can mean approximately 3000 lbs. going through each leg for each minute we spend walking. If in each step we are not walking efficiently, some area of our body will suffer the consequences. For many people each step they take has disastrous consequences for their back, and though back pain can be caused from a myriad of reasons, custom made foot orthotics can often be a part of the solution.
The achilles tendon is named after the strongest, most fearless Greek warrior, Achilles, who was fatally wounded by an arrow to his heel. The name is fitting since the achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in the body, which is subject to a person’s entire body weight with each step, and up to 12X a persons body weight during a sprint. However, pain in your achilles tendon, though it may not be fatal to your existence, can definitely become fatal to your activity level if not treated properly.