28 Jul '16, 12am

Ask the Sports Doc: What's causing my arch pain?

The foot has 26 bones and many more joint-surface contacts or articulations. Every joint has to be moving properly through each of these articulations for the foot to function pain-free. The bones form an arch that helps with shock absorption and keeps the foot aligned it softens with pronation (rolling in) and tightens with supination (rolling out). The plantar fascia completes the tension-compression structure of the arch. It keeps the arch from falling flat. It hooks to the toes in a way that tightens the fascia and the arch as the toes bend in the toe-off stage of running or walking. Two things can happen in the arch: The fascia can overstretch—like a spring—and not return to normal length, which can result in injury (usually plantar fasciitis ). Or the bone articulations can be injured or shifted, which changes the normal motion of the foot and arch. Both can result i...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/ask-the-sports-doc/whats-caus...

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