A new study by Michael Rathleff and his colleagues offer a new approach for treating plantar fasciitis: strength training. More specifically working on foot and calf strength.Click here to read about the research.
I can’t say I’m surprised by this. It’s often the case that gaining strength cures many movement-related problems. But what’s most interesting to me is that this research suggests why many barefoot runners report an elimination of plantar fasciitis. Specifically, when you look at the report about the research and read the recommendations for the type of strength training to do, you’ll see that the movements are very similar to what you do when you run with a forefoot or midfoot landing.Running this way “pre-loads” your plantar fascia, positioning your foot in a strong position when it contacts the ground, rather than being in the pre-streteched and weak position that you’re in when you heel strike, especially in a highly padded shoe.