Let’s start with the basics: The human foot contains 3 arches, 20 muscles, 24 ligaments, 26 bones (your two feet together contain one fourth of all the bones in your body!), 33 joints and 7,800 nerves.
Going a bit deeper, we find that this exceedingly complex structure comes in many shapes, types and sizes – kind of like pets and potato chips. Some foot structures are pathogenic (disease producing), others are not.
If you are suffering with foot problems and/or chronic muscle and joint pain, it’s a smart move to learn more about your own two feet. Doing so may unlock the key to eliminating your pain for good.
To help you get started, below are some common foot structures – some are pathogenic, others are not. Maybe one of these is yours:
Egyptian Foot – The Egyptian Foot tends to be a narrow foot. It has a longer big toe and the rest of the toes taper down from longest to shortest. It is the most functional of all the foot structures. However because of the long big toe, you must be careful in your choice of shoes.
Structural Flat Foot – The Structural Flat Foot, though flat as a pancake, does not cause chronic pain. It may not be pretty, but it’s stable and functional.
Greek Foot – Also known as Morton’s Foot – The Greek Foot has a second toe longer than all the other toes. Often there’s a big space between the big toe and the second toe. This foot structure has a tendency to be unstable and people with this structure tend to have foot problems.
Peasant Foot – The Peasant Foot (also called a Giselle Foot) has at least three toes, which are similar in length and tend to be short and stubby. This is a very stable, functional foot and ideal for ballerinas on point.
Simian Foot – The Simian Foot has a big toe that is shifted towards the little toe. This foot structure can also have qualities of other foot structures (For example, this photo also shows a second toe longer than the other toes; which is characteristic of the Greek Foot). If you have a Simian Foot, it’s easy to get a bunion, so it’s prudent to stay away from narrow and pointed toe shoes
You’ve probably seen (or at least heard of) most of the foot structures above and maybe you’ve identified your own feet with one of them. But, maybe you haven’t. You may, instead, have another foot structure which is, indeed, pathogenic:
The Rothbarts Foot is found in the vast majority of the world population. I, too, have this foot structure. And the Rothbarts Foot can cause chronic muscle and joint pain; not only in the feet, but in the entire body.
If you’re a chronic pain sufferer (and you probably are if you are reading this website), learning about the Rothbarts Foot may change the way that you see your feet and help you find the correct treatment to alleviate your suffering.
To find out if you may have a Rothbarts Foot, take the Rothbarts Foot Questionnaire.
For information about the therapy which effectively treats the Rothbarts Foot, go to: What Is Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy.
As you learn more about my innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
If you would like to contact me regarding an appointment to resolve your pain, click here
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