Building Foot Abs, an Unconventional Approach to Foot Injury

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    Building Foot Abs, an Unconventional Approach to Foot Injury

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    Tracey Romero, Orthopedics This Week


    Move over abdominal muscles, you are not the only core muscles in our body that need strengthening. At the recent American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, Irene S. Davis, Ph.D., PT, FACSM, FAPTA, FASB, professor in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and director of the Spaulding National Running Center shared her unconventional approach to treating plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis which includes strengthening the foot core and spending more time barefoot.

    “Our feet are amazing with their 26 bones, 33 joints, 20+ muscles and 4 layers of arch muscles and they play an important role in both static posture and dynamic activities,” she said during her presentation.

    Davis who is also known as the “Barefoot Running Professor” referred to a 2004 Nature article by Dennis M. Bramble, Ph.D., University of Utah and Daniel E. Lieberman, Ph.D., Harvard University, which described how humans evolved into endurance runners about 2 million years ago, but said that today we are not living the lives our bodies are evolved for. To continue reading, please visit: https://ryortho.com/breaking/building-foot-abs-an-unconventional-approach-to-foot-injury/
     
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    Interesting article. The weakness in the foot become so obvious when transitioning to barefoot running. It's like that first day of skiing each winter when you realize your body has all these unused muscles. I noticed that I was able to lightly jog in the beginning of transitioning but if I tried to go for a longer run my tendons were sore. And when I started racing and doing speed work sans shoes my feet - muscles, tendons, bones, skin - had a very difficult time. I had to slowly work to strengthen the foots different components to get it to successfully work as a strong whole.
     
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    So true.
     
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