Understanding Your Foot & Foundation

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As a runner, its critical for you to pay attention to the health and condition of your feet.

Which part of the body has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles? How often do we think of our feet? As runners, we tend to worry more about our hamstrings, glutes and quadriceps muscles. Your feet serve as a foundation to your body and propels you forward. However even if you’re a recreational runner or run marathons, your feet will be the one that will carry you on for kilometers. A force of up to three times of your body weight can be exerted on your foot when running.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the condition of the feet is vital to overall health and is considered a separate body part related to all body and organs. Your feet is considered as a barometer for your health. According to theory, every part of the body is connected to one of the pressure points on the feet.

Look after your feet and in return, your feet will look after you

DIFFERENT RUNNERS HAVE DIFFERENT KINDS OF FEET

Understanding how your feet behaves in motion is the first step in making your running safer and comfortable. When your foot strikes the ground, the arch of the foot collapses slightly in order. This is to absorb shock and help with balance. When your arch flattens, your foot rolls slightly inwards. This is known as pronation. However, some people’s foot roll inwards to a deeper angle, this is known as overpronation. People who overpronate are more susceptible to injuries.

For runners, our feet are the tools of our trade, so much care needs to be done to care for them. Determination, strict diet, those are important however if your feet are in a bad shape, none of those matters. As a runner, its critical for you to pay attention to the health and condition of your feet.

One of the most common foot issues faced by runners are heel fissures or commonly known as cracked heels. The pressure of pounding your feet on the ground when you run causes heel fissures or cracks in your dry skin. As you continue to run, those cracks can split open further and deeper. It will then bleed and expose the underlying skin to potential infections. These are painful and makes running practically impossible. Switch to walking until your fissure is under control.