Don’t ignore your feet!

Your feet are important… imagine doing swimming, biking or running without them. Especially women!!!! The amount of money spent in pedicures… geeze!

However, you have to admit that you do abuse your feet. Whether you’re smashing them into stilettos for a night on the dance floor or pounding them into the ground when you are biking or running. One of the common issues that many athletes have are Plantar Fasciitis  and a few others.

We will highlight Plantar Fasciitis.  The long  wide ligament that runs from the heel to just underneath your toes is called the plantar fascia. It’s responsible for supporting the arch and muscles of the foot. However, when irritated, it bites back hard, giving you a sharp pain near your heel the minute you step out of bed in the morning and an ache throughout the day. Its most common if:

  • Foot arch problems (both flat feet and high arches)
  • Long-distance running, especially running downhill or on uneven surfaces
  • Sudden weight gain or obesity
  • Tight Achilles tendon (the tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel)
  • Shoes with poor arch support or soft soles
  • Bad running form

Recommendations, bond with your form roller and start with your soleus , massage your feet and stretch them gently before getting out of bed, cut out your explosive training movements and ice your feet several times a day. Make sure your running shoes are still in good shape.

  • Heel and foot stretching exercises
  • Night splints to wear while sleeping to stretch the foot
  • Resting as much as possible for at least a week
  • Correct your running form if you are a heal to toe striker into a fore foot runner

If you still have issues visit a Chiropractor that practice Graston Technique.

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