Originally Posted by Posture Guy
I started with that book ("Pain Free") but quickly realized that I had more issues than I felt the book could successfully address, and that my situation was somewhat complex, so I started making the 3 hour drive to get to the San Diego clinic for personal therapy. That's what I used to restore postural balance and functional integrity.
Re over-pronation, that will absolutely cause calf issues, particularly to the medial (inside) portion of your calf complex. But from my clinical experience, pronation or supination is rarely a foot/ankle problem, per se. It's almost always the hip putting the foot into a compromised position. To see this at work, stand up in bare feet wearing shorts so you can see your shin bone and your knee. On that one leg, stand in an overly-pronated position, so the outside of your foot is almost coming off the ground. Now, watch your shin bone and knee closely as you come out of that and settle the foot more evenly into the ground. See what just happened? Your entire leg rotated from the hip.
People tend to think (including many podiatrists) that pronation or supination is simply a foot problem, and that the answer is to use orthotics to 'shim' up the foot back into a more neutral position. That will invariably and inevitably cause more problems than it remedies. The problem is not that the foot is tilted incorrectly. The problem is WHY the foot is tilting incorrectly, and that problem could be many different things. Impossible to tell without a thorough assessment.
Posture Guy: I've been looking at some of the Egoscue books online and trying to decide which one(s) to get. Is there really that much difference between the books? Also, what are your thoughts on the Egoscue 2 disc DVD set? I read many positive reviews on Amazon, but then one bad review in which the reviewer noted that the videos shouldn't be used until one has mastered the exercises in the books (which the reviewer claims was later relayed to him by an Egoscue employee).