Muscles do not and cannot become “stiff”. They may become contracted, tight, but not “stiff”. The only things muscles can do is tighten and relax. The tightness of one muscle or muscle group attached to a body part (e.g., upper arm) would interfere with opposing muscles that are attached to move the same body part. The feeling is of stiffness, but it is not the stiffness of muscles; it’s the stiffness of movement due to muscular oppositions (called “co-contraction”). Tight calves contribute to fatigue in walking and something else – they deprive the walker of spring in the step. The reason? Tight calves are always somewhat fatigued and therefore weakened.
Unsurprisingly, since fallen arches are a common problem, there have been a range of products developed to offer correction and to restore foot function. Arch supports are one of the most common corrective devices used. Supports come in the form of devices which can be inserted to the shoes which give the arches the extra support they need, whilst also correcting foot function to varying degrees. Primarily, arch supports work by providing proper stability whilst standing, walking or running. So, if you still wish to take up Irish dancing or you’re already a performer,we have a selection of Irish Dancing Shoes from Ghillies to step dancing shoes.
Nerve damage is one of the primary reason behind numb toes and feet. Prolonged diabetes can badly affect normal functioning of the nerves. This condition is also known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and it arises when the blood sugar level is not properly controlled. Morton’s neuroma often causes numbness when running. It is commonly found in runners and results from abnormal growth of thick scar tissue on the foot nerves because of repeated compression of the nerves by ill fitted shoes. This gives numbness particularly to the base of the third and fourth toes.
During the practice of this wonderful pose, massage the arches of your feet, pressing on the arches as if cultivating an arch with your thumbs. Also, spread your toes as far apart as possible to avoid foot cramps during Virasana. While practicing standing poses, carefully press the big toe mounds and inner heels down into the floor, and powerfully recoil the arches up into the inner ankles. This may be difficult initially, but will eventually build the strength that you need in your arches. The exercises require only minimal equipment, a few marbles, a golf ball and a hand towel, and a few minutes two or three times a day.
Treatment for fallen arches concentrates on giving the feet the support that they would otherwise have had with a normal foot arch, with arch supports and orthotic insoles a great choice. Both of these orthotic devices help to improve foot function, and support the arch and lift it up, easing the strain on the muscles, bones and ligaments in the feet and lower body. They help with proper weight distribution and can prevent muscle fatigue and the resultant injuries which often occur. Whilst many musculoskeletal conditions can be corrected by surgery, with flat feet and fallen arches it is rarely effective, and conservative treatments remain the best bet.