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Plantar fasciitis article in Podiatry Today

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by scotfoot, Nov 9, 2019.

  1. scotfoot

    scotfoot Well-Known Member

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    Below is a link to an interesting read which has recently been published in Podiatry Today .

    Written by and Australian researcher , part of the article looks at the role that neuromuscular or fascial deficits might play in the development of plantar fasciitis .

    Rethinking The Treatment Algorithm For Plantar Fasciitis ...

    https://www.podiatrytoday.com › rethinking-treatment-algorithm-plantar-f...

    by S Wearing5 days ago - Intrinsic factors for the development of plantar fasciitis have been well .... in people with diabetic neuropathy, in whom intrinsic foot muscle atrophy is common.46 ...
  2. scotfoot

    scotfoot Well-Known Member

    There is some evidence that footwear can promote weakness in the foot .

    Let's go with that and invent a sprinter called Bob .

    Bob trains in shoes , never barefoot ,and his training involves Olympic lifts and a lot of work on the track .

    Through time Bob develops a powerful , muscular physique and can run the hundred in 10.5 secs .

    A pal of Bob's is getting married and Highland Dress is the order of the day . The shoes of such an outfit are light and not as stiff or supportive as Bob normal footwear . He has a few pints and when the dancing begins Bob starts showing off , as young guys do . His glutes/ legs start writing cheques that his now unsupported feet can't cash , and he wakes up in the morning with "plantar fasciitis" .

    Any thoughts ?
  3. Freeman Churchill

    Freeman Churchill Welcome New Poster

    If Bob were my athlete (as a coach, (which I do for running and swimming) I'd send him off to a good sport Physiotherapist to try and catch this problem before he prolongs and exacerbates his injury. I'd tell Bob to wear his training shoes as much as he possibly could (even at work) Not knowing much more about Bob from a mechanical point of view I have little more to offer. But catching this before it goes badly a muck ASAP is the order of the day.
  4. scotfoot

    scotfoot Well-Known Member

    Freeman ,

    Fair enough , but would it not make sense to train Bob in such a way that he did not have feet prone to injury when they are subjected to exercise without supportive shoes ? That is , if you are going to use progressive resistance training for the body as a whole ,then why not also for the muscles within the foot , so that the foot can answer the demands placed on it ?

    If Bob were a masters athlete , over 50 , and therefore subject to reduced testosterone levels and early sarcopenia ,then progressive resistance exercise would probably be even more advisable .


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