This week I wanna focus on a part of our body that often doesn’t get the attention it deserves: The human foot. We often pack it into heavy running shoes with lots of cushioning. This might not be the perfect treatment for your feet. But before discussing some science facts on barefoot running in the next post, I’ll try to give you an overview of this marvel of our body.
Our foot is one of the greatest organs for the human. Try to put one foot in front of the other, and every day you are taken on fantastic journeys and wild adventures. Along with twenty-six different bones in each and thousand of sweat glands, our feet are complicated parts of our body, which can speak a lot about your health.
The human ankle and foot are complicated organs, which work together to offer flexibility and strength. Your ankle serves as a foundation, which offers shock absorption. Your foot can support enormous pressure and offers resiliency and flexibility. Your ankle and foot include:
Each of these components work together to offer the body mobility, balance, and support. A problematic ailment of malfunction in any part could cause issues elsewhere within the body. Apart from that, when there’s an abnormality along with the other parts of your body, issues can happen with your feet. This could make it hard for you to keep running injury free.
Apart from that, there are 3 main parts of the foot – the hindfoot, the midfoot and forefoot. Every part is as vital as the other.
There are twenty muscles in our foot, which give your foot its shape by gripping the bones into position, expand and contract to enable movement. There are also small and large muscles in the foot. The smaller ones offer the toe the capability to curl and lift, while the main muscles of your foot are:
In case you didn’t know yet, there are also elastic tissues known as tendons in the foot, which links the muscles to our bones and joints. Did you know that the Achilles Tendon is the strongest and biggest tendon in your foot and it has the ability to extend from your calf muscle to your heel? Its joint function and strength manage walking up stairs, jumping, running and raising your body into the toes. Furthermore, ligaments support the tendons in place and steady the joints. The longest of them is the plantar fascia, which creates the arch of the sole of your foot from heel to toes. It enables the arch to flatten or curve, offering balance and giving your foot strength for walking, running and other activities.
Your medial ligaments located on the inside as well as the lateral ligaments, which on the outside of your foot give stability and allow the foot to move down and up. Nerves, vessels, and skin offer the foot its durability and shape. The system also enables for muscular nourishment and cell regeneration, and limits its varied movements. All parts of the foot are important and work altogether to offer strength and stability for the rest of your body and let runners be ready for their training and races.
You should remember, in order to protect your foot, it’s essential to wear proper socks and footwear to prevent painful injuries and promote healthy feet, particular if you’re running long distances.