SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT
Our hands have a far greater imprint on our brains than our feet. We have more coordination, dexterity and fine motor control in our palms and fingers, so using hands to replicate feet to understand foot mechanics is a great way to kick off the process of teaching dancers (and everyone else) about how their feet move.
For any lower limb injury, where there has been a disruption to the kinetic chain, the foot intrinsics will become inhibited, weakened and dysfunctional. They lose their arch support role and their ability to absorb shock diminishes, leaving the rest of the kinetic chain to absorb it.
Waking up the foot intrinsics, the lumbricals and the interossei along with adductor hallucis, is a vital step that is often missed.
I’m demonstrating “doming” here; finding abductor hallucis first to abduct the big toe slightly, then the transverse head of adductor hallucis to adduct the other toes and raise the 2nd-4th MTPJ’s.
That is what creates the “dome”. That’s what doming is.