Pedobarography is the study of pressure fields acting upon the foot and is used to understand the mechanisms governing human gait and posture. In many nationwide stores you may find a kiosk with a ‘foot mapping plate’ you stand on that allows you to purchase custom orthotics based upon foot pressure distribution. These platforms utilize values from static pedobarographic research and the orthotics recommended are to help reduce stress on joints.
Pressure on the foot can affect ankles, knees, hips and back. In athletic settings these anatomical regions constantly need attended to. Having a quality leg press allows for graduation with respect to foot loading during strength training. When an athlete has issues and must regulate foot force a leg press can limit foot loading anywhere from 5% -70% of full weight bearing. This is done by properly loading the machine, altering weight and repetitions. Regulating foot force is a tremendous advantage in ‘return-to-play’ post injury, for any athlete that has inherent foot anomalies, or for the athlete that spends a substantial amount of time practicing and training on his/her feet.
Get off your feet, Get on the leg press, and Get your legs Strong.