While there are many reasons for pain, the body only produces it for a good and logical reason. Foot pain, like plantar fasciitis, ankle, and shin pain, and low back pain often have a common cause with a simple fix!
The most important postural muscle of the body is your calf muscle and if you think about it – when we walk or run, the calf muscle, which is the push-off muscle, easily gets overworked. The muscles on the front of the leg have to be strong enough to offset that huge, overworked calf. The muscles of the front of the leg are for foot, ankle, and toe agility, climbing, and good arches. Since the invention of shoes, and when we stopped climbing cave walls in our bare feet, strong muscles on the front of the leg were no longer required.
As a result, calf muscles keep getting tighter and tighter and tug on the heel, bottom of the foot and knee, often causing pain. In an attempt to give the tight calf muscle some slack, the muscles in the front of the leg lengthen and weaken. As a result, arches fall, bunions form, ankles weaken and the calf keeps getting tighter. As the calf gets tight, the plantar fascia, achilles tendon and knee tighten. Since the calf is the most important postural muscle of the body, when it tightens, the body’s entire posture skews with a focus of postural stress on the low back.
Easy Fix: Stretch the calf and strengthen/tighten the muscles of the front of the leg.
Try This Exercise:
Step 1. Walk or sprint backwards up a hill. It’s officially called “retro-walking.” This will really work the muscles in the front of the leg.
Step 2. Slowly walk down the hill backwards, gently stretching the calf as you come down.
Repeat 5-10 times as often as possible.
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