New Discovery about Foot Arch
Article & Copyright by Dennis Denlinger
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Pain! Foot pain! It sure isn't any fun!
How many times have you been on your feet a lot and couldn't wait to sit down? It has happened to most of us.
Good news! A new discovery about how the foot arch works points the way to relief of a number of foot pains as well as flat feet.
Even when a foot is apparently well arched, improper use of the foot can cause pain. The foot is made to hurt when not being used correctly as a warning to shape up.
Here is what happens.
A joint is where two bones meet. Ligaments hold the bones together at the joint. Remember the last time you cut a chicken up for the pot? The tough white material holding the bones together at the joints are the ligaments.
What if you had no ligaments? Just imagine sleeping and turning over several times in the night. You might wake up with several toe bones mixed in with your ribs, a knee cap in your mouth and a shoulder blade mixed up with your toes. Rather a funny picture when you think about it. Don't worry, as long as you have your ligaments it won't happen.
When you get out of bed and start putting loads on your bones and joints, you will find that the ligaments just are not strong enough to carry the load. That is why you also have muscles to hold your bones together at the joints. The muscles can carry much more load than the ligaments.
Besides holding the bones together at the joints, the muscles have a much more important job to do. They move your bones around. When you reach up to scratch your cheek, muscles in your arm move your hand. When you run, muscles in your legs move your feet. You get the idea.
Muscles do need to rest and get repaired during sleep. That is when the ligaments do their main thing. However, sometimes muscles stop doing their job when carrying a load. Here is when ligaments really have an important job, but they don't like it. Taking over the job of muscles is too much for a ligament, and it screams (ie, hurts) in protest.
Ligaments are the backup system which holds bones together at the joints when the muscles are not working.
Let's do an experiment to get more understanding. Some few people have something unusual in their arm which does not let this work. Those people can try a similar experiment using another joint.
Hold your right arm out with the palm down. Relax the muscles in your right arm so that the hand flops limply down from the wrist. Now, using your left hand, push on the back of your hand, forcing your right wrist to bend more than it was meant to. If you push enough, the wrist will hurt. Don't hurt yourself. Only do it enough to get the idea.
When you get the idea, move your left hand away. Keep your right arm out with the palm down. Next, contract the muscles in the back of your right arm which pull your hand up until your wrist is not so much bent.
This time, using those muscles in your right arm, Do Not Let Your Right Wrist Bend any more than it already has. Then, with your left hand, press on the back of your right hand again, trying to bend your right wrist. As long as you do not let your right wrist bend, you will find that it does NOT hurt, no matter how hard you push with your left hand. You can now relax and I will tell you the theory of what is happening.
In any well-engineered machine such as a jet plane, space shuttle or even many cars the important systems, such as brakes in cars, have back-up systems which operate when the main (primary) system breaks down. When the main system has failed and the back-up system starts operating, there are loud bells and bright flashing red lights to let the operator know that there is something wrong which needs to be fixed.
In the human body, when the muscles stop operating and the ligaments start carrying a heavy load across the joint between bones, pain is the loud bell and flashing light which lets the operator (you) know that something is wrong. In your wrist you already know which muscles to operate.
A similar system in your feet hurts when the foot arch muscles do not operate right.
All the information cannot be put into this article. It is all in the book "How To Use the Foot Arch Correctly." You can learn more about it and order a copy by visiting http://www.FootArch.com.