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Urinary Leakage with Running? Check the Feet!

Do you have urinary leakage with:

  • Running

  • Jumping

  • Walking

  • Lifting

  • Double-Unders

  • Crossfit


Your pelvic floor muscles, which are located at the base of your pelvis, play a role in pelvic organ support, including your bladder, so that you do not leak.

However, in addition to have a strong, coordinated, and responsive pelvic floor to impact activities, it is also important to have functional...

  • Feet

  • Ankles

  • Knees

  • Hips

  • Spine

Your pelvic floor does not function alone. Your pelvic floor muscles need a team to work with.


Your foot has 33 joints, 26 bones, and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments that all work together to bear wear, allow for mobility and transmit forces and load with impact activities.

Each of those foot joints must be mobile and springy to absorb forces from the ground. Let's think of the trampoline analogy. If you landed on a very stiff and hard trampoline, it will NOT feel good on your joints. However, if you landed on a springy and soft trampoline, it will feel better on your joints. The same goes for your feet. If your toes and feet joints are stiff, it won't be able to absorb the forces from the ground as effectively, meaning that the foot does not do its full job, and the rest of the body has to compensate and pick up the slack.

This is why it is very important to look at how the feet are functioning, when addressing urinary leakage with impact activities.

If you struggle with urinary leakage with any impact activity, reach out to me and we can discuss how pelvic floor physical therapy may be your solution to solving your issues!


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