Rothbarts Foot is an abnormal foot structure present at birth. It is the result of an incomplete torsional development of the talus (the bone that sits on top of the heel bone) that occurs approximately between the eighth and ninth week of pregnancy. (See photo – White arrow points to the elevated big toe and adjoining metatarsal.). The result of this incomplete development of the talus is that when the rear foot is placed in its anatomically neutral (correct) position, the big toe and its adjoining metatarsal are elevated off the ground.
Functionally, the Rothbarts Foot is an unstable foot structure. If you have a Rothbarts Foot, as your body’s weight is shifted from the heel to the front part of your foot (while standing or walking), gravity forces your elevated big toe and its adjoining metatarsal to roll inward, forward and downward until they rest on the ground.
The above animation illustrates what happens when Rothbarts Foot is present. When the body’s weight is over the front part of the foot, the foot must twist inward and fall downward (pronate excessively) in order to attain full foot-to-ground contact (foundational stability).
This twisting motion of the foot is referred to as abnormal pronation (also referred to as hyperpronation). Abnormal pronation causes postural distortions (bad posture), which lead to chronic musculoskeletal pain.
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Professor/Dr Brian A Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT
Author of Forever Free From Chronic Pain and The Foots Connection to Chronic Pain