Your Best Foot Forward

By Kathryn Ross-Nash

Bunions, fallen arches, curled-up toes, plantar fasciitis and the rest of your foot disorders: watch out, ’cause there’s an old tool in town. It’s called the Foot Corrector, and it has been reforming and refreshing tired, achy feet for decades. The little device that looks like what you might find in a shoe store to measure your feet really gets the circulation going, courtesy of the genius of Joseph H. Pilates. Whether you’re beginning from the bottom up (at the start of a lesson) or using the Foot Corrector as a sweet ending the choice is yours–either way, you win.

The Foot Corrector offers a multitude of benefits. For thousands of years people around the world have enjoyed the benefits of Reflexology. Well, the Foot Corrector takes it a step further by increasing ankle stability, flexibility, alignment and propulsion. It uses the pressure of the pedal to massage the bottom of the foot and increase circulation. This massaging action also helps to break up knots deep in the foot. The lateral movement of the pedal detects if the user’s alignment is imbalanced and allows you to find where your correct alignment is. The Foot Corrector will develop ankle stability and flexibility through isolation. It is often used to help develop speed for an athlete and the arch jump of the dancer. At the end of the day, it just plain feels great!

Here is my favorite exercise to become refreshed and revitalized from the bottom up.

If you do not have a Foot Corrector, fear not: you can get almost-similar results using a tennis ball or other smallish squishy ball.

Body Position: Front leg bent and back leg straight. Arms behind your head, palm on palm. Be sure to scoop your tummy and keep your box square and you shift your weight onto the pedal.

Begin with your heel on the back edge and ball on the pedal.

Press the pedal and keeping the pedal straight and pressure even, slide the foot over the pedal.

Slide from the ball of the foot to the arch.

Then slide from the arch to the heel. Remember to keep the pedal straight and pressure even.

Return by reversing the slide and repeat 5-10 times.

Note: A sock is recommended to increase the slide.

4 Responses to Your Best Foot Forward

  1. Yoly Nowak says:

    First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to start this blog. I had the opportunity recently to attend a conference that you were speaking at, and I am a huge fan of yours! Looking forward to all your posts.

    I did have a question about the foot corrector exercises. Should the foot move on the foot corrector similar to how it would move in towel work. Kind of rolling through the foot? Or is it generally more of a pressing straight down type of action?

  2. Great questions!
    actually it does both
    there are some exercises that are done with a sliding motion- some with a pressing and some with shifting of your body weight.
    Hope this helps..
    I actually have a little book I printed for my clients to use that has all the body positions and arm options. This little tool is a must for any studio
    I actually have three Gratz foot correctors (my brother stole my 4th for his Karate school and his sore feet…LOL)

    • Yoly Nowak says:

      That’s brilliant. I like the foot corrector and think it feels good, but I rarely use it with clients because I don’t feel I know it well enough. I have to seek it out. Thanks!

  3. I have printed up a little book for my clients (thanks snapfish!) it cost around 30.00 plus shipping. it breaks down the body position- arm positions and foot pressing options. It does not go into the reason for the different options- just sort of a pictorial of the work…
    if you want one- just visit my website for contact info!

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