SANTA CLARA, California, December 19. THE plantarfascia is exactly in the center of the bottom of the foot, halfway between the heel and the ball, and halfway between the inside and outside edges (perhaps slightly closer to the inside). The skin of the feet have a disproportionate number of nerve endings, like the face and the hands, yet the feet are generally abused or at least neglected.
It isn’t difficult to understand why the arch muscles of the foot would harbor a massage. They are, after all, the hardest working muscles in the human body. Our feet absorb an incredible amount of punishment, yet usually feel no worse than just stiff and tired. Injury here is common, but not nearly as common as you might expect.
SMR to this area is believed to increase circulation and nerve mobility. Also, in swimmers who experience a foot cramp, this may be beneficial, since it may break-up bound fascia or decrease muscle tension.
Stand and roll a tool (tennis ball or baseball) under the base of your foot. Roll on the ball slowly for 30 seconds to three minutes. If you find a tender spot, go slow!
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