FOOT ARCH-ERY: AN EASY METAPHOR FOR UNDERSTANDING PLANTAR FASCIITISSo you may have just gotten diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, and you walked away saying, “I don't have a clue what that is.”
I know when I talk to young people, so few have ever heard of this term. But runners and my middle age peers, if not having been personally afflicted by this, have usually encountered someone with this syndrome, and want to understand it further.
Here is a simple metaphor for understanding what really is plantar fasciitis.Plantar fasciitis is essentially caused by chronic inflammation and irritation in the arch of the foot. This can be brought on by such things as constant pounding of a pavement for runners, or basically anything that might cause excessive strain to the arch.
Now picture the arch of your foot like a bow in archery. If the arch is the bow, I want you to think of the plantar fascia as the bow's string. What gives us the shape of our arch is the tension of our “bow string.” As we step the “bow string” stretches.
Now it is the plantar fascia that coordinates with several other muscles in the foot and leg (ie. calf muscles) to help support the arch (bow) and give it that springy feeling.
When your arch is too springy, the foot flattens out, and the “bow string” (plantar fascia) starts becoming overstretched. On the other hand if the “bow string” is not springy enough, the plantar fascia becomes tighter and tighter as it tries to absorb too much stress from being stretched too hard and too often. Either being too tight or too springy, the plantar fascia suffers irritation that can feel like you might be walking on glass.
If plantar fasciitis is something that you are trying to cure, I encourage you to look deeper into this blog to see multiple different ways you can repair and cure plantar fasciitis naturally. Check this post out on TWO EXERCISES TO PREVENT AND TREAT PLANTAR FASCIITIS
As always, stay healthy so you can stay fit!
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