The intrinsic foot muscles are often weak with common foot conditions such as metatarsalgia and plantar fasciitis. Tactile sensitivity within the foot has a strong influence on maintenance of postural stability. Prolonged use of arch supports only weakens the arch of the foot and prevents sensory information to the central nervous system for stability and locomotion. Using Isometric loading (video below) for these often overlooked muscles is a technique that allows you to strengthen the tissues on bottom of foot, provide a more complete release of aberrant tissue, as well as train the nervous system to function in increasing angles of motion.
- Strong arches = strong feet, nice round arc, less chance of injury.
- Weak arches = weak feet, flat feet, begging for plantar fasciitis.
- Arch supports = weak arches.