When I teach on behalf of EBFA Global or speak to my patients I always emphasize that there are two sides to foot function (and dysfunction) – biomechanical and neuromuscular. Now both play and important role in foot function which means that both must be appreciated - however to solely treat foot pain with just one belief system in mind is inherently flawed.
In most Podiatric Medical Schools we are taught foot function and foot pathology solely from a biomechanical perspective. This means that every patient is tested for foot mobility and told to stand statically to determine arch height and foot type. Based on this foot-focused biomechanical assessment and foot classification system the patient cause of injury and treatment protocol is determined. Some of the favorite treatment recommendations include motion-controlled footwear and custom-posted orthotic both of which are prescribed with the hopes of controlling foot-focused biomechanics and thereby reducing their foot pain.