Is Your Stance on Sore Feet Sitting You on the Sidelines?
In the mind of an athlete, painful feet are not worthy of the sympathy card. Aching soles do not stand any ground compared to more notorious injuries in sports.
However, according to NY Times reporter Gretchen Reynolds, foot damage debilitates countless athletes, for the foot stands at great risk for serious harm.
In her article, “Unhappy Feet”, Reynolds discusses how athletes commonly play through foot and ankle injuries, such as ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis, silencing its severity. The continuous strain on your feet, though, only further intensifies an injury. The foot faces such high potential for damage because it contains so many small parts that weaken or fail from the constant pressure it must withstand.
As Reynolds shares, your feet start as healthy pads and springs, softening daily impact. Yet, unlike athletes, feet cannot call a time out. As you age, your foot’s natural absorption begins to thin, causing tissue and bone damage, strains, or even fracture. For instance, plantar fasciitis is a crippling condition that forms as the main ligament on the bottom of your foot, the plantar fascia, loses its flexibility.
To keep your feet in the game, Reynolds suggests stretching, the primary preventative step, which can be supplemented with braces, orthotics, or inserts. For poor running technique or deformities, correctly-sized, motion-control shoes are fit for stability and comfort. If left untreated, your pain can permanently pause your athletic activity. Focus on your feet because these deteriorating conditions are no walk in the park.