771. flat feet, fallen arches, runners

If you google about flat footedness, this is what you find on the first search, from the mayo clinic

Flatfeet can occur when the arches don’t develop during childhood. It can also develop later in life after an injury or from the simple wear-and-tear stresses of age.

And this “fallen arch” thing supposedly effects 30% of the population… 

“my feet are collapsing, I need arch support” 

and boom 

We’re buying all these different feet things, going to the doctors, contemplating surgery 

For what? 

Not for our betterment, even though that may be our goal

I think it has to do with lining the pockets of those who benefit from these sales 

Why? Because the real answer to fallen arches, flat feet – is physical therapy, working out, through movement. 

And we don’t even need anyone to help us to do that, we can do it on our own with as little as 5 minutes per day. 

Shit people learn how to make bombs or learn to sew or cook on YouTube, an immigrant can come to America with 5$ to his name and make millions of dollars – what am I getting at? 

we can figure out a few different arch exercises we can do each day. That’s the key, each day. 

But there’s no money in that, duh. 

I’m not sure about the whole arches not developing during childhood. Can that really happen? It would seem like a deformity of some sort. 

Why? Because the arch is the strongest structural shape, that’s why the bottom of our feet are shaped like that. 

Our feet have the arches because that’s what’s holding all of our body weight up, allowing us to move walk or run. 

And that’s why our arches are important, because they are holding all of our body weight up. Just like a foundation for a house 

That’s why we need the arches, their our foundation. 

So how can we fix them? I believe through specific exercise. Here are a few that could work for you. 

  • Arch crunches – be carful with these. I’d only do one set for maybe 10 seconds per day and slowly increase from there. 
  • Calf raises 
  • Rolling out on something like a lacrosse ball, a pvc pipe, or walking on foam roller. 

Just moving the feet more is going to help our arches. Conscious movement. 

  • shin raises, side to side rolls with the ankle. Walk on our toes or heels.

When’s the last time we did any of these? 

“I walk everyday – that’s moving my feet” 

That’s not enough, though…

That’s how you got to where you are now

And if we don’t do anything different – we won’t see any results… 

Do the work. 

See the results. 

It’s that simple

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