Hey Sixers, Jess here with another invigorating post about feet! While this might not be the most exciting topic you’ll read about today, it is important. Personally, I struggle with plantar fasciitis – meaning under normal circumstances, your plantar fascia acts like a shock-absorbing bowstring, supporting the arch in your foot. If tension and stress on that bowstring become too great, small tears can arise in the fascia. Repetitive stretching and tearing can cause the fascia to become irritated or inflamed, though in many cases of plantar fasciitis, the cause isn’t clear. Every single morning my left foot hurts SO bad. I had not idea why until I went to the doctor. In order to help prevent an inflamed “bowstring” I’ve learned some tips!
Wear the right shoes! I can’t stress enough that wearing cycling shoes to 6YCLE is life changing. Your ride changes, your speed changes, your body reacts better – all of the things improve. Additionally, the insert that comes with any type of shoe is paper thin and is really there for support. There are inserts for a high arches, shock absorption, a low arches, instep favoritism, any issues you have, there’s an insert for that.
While we’re on the shoe subject, your shoe insert molds to your foot. Think about the pressure you’re putting on your foot during a workout, then think about how many times you workout. Not only are shoes rentals unhygienic, they also mold to another persons foot making them unsafe in the grand scheme of things.
My other tip for negating foot pain is stretching your feet! After every class we take the time to stretch out all of our muscles, but we, even me until recently, never think to show a little love to our toes! While this might not be an ideal situation after class or at the gym, when you get home use a golf ball or frozen bottle (mini gatorade bottles are perfect) and simply roll the bottom of your foot in a back and fourth motion. It works wonders!
Our feet have to do a lot of work everyday! Help them out a little and make sure they can carry you day after day after day after day.