Plantar fasciitis can also have many causes. The plantar fascia plays an integral role in stabilization of the midfoot and forefoot during running. As the heel begins to rise, the fixed length of the plantar fascia places it under greater tension as it is "wound" around the metatarsal heads. This creates further stability for the late support phase, and this effect is commonly referred to as the windlass mechanism. When midfoot stability is lost under the initial loading of the foot, the plantar fascia may come under tension prematurely. As the heel rises in the unstable foot, the additional tension from metatarsophalangeal dorsiflexion may cause injury to the plantar fascia at its attachment to the medial calcaneal tuberosity. Midfoot and forefoot instability typically arise for one of two reasons: The midfoot may have inherently poor static support through the plantar ligamentous structures, or there may be a secondary loss of midtarsal stability as the rear foot moves beyond the normal range of pronation.2
Plantar fasciitis is a typical soft tissue dysfunction, and good therapeutic results can be achieved in most athletes by a combination of electrical dry needling acupuncture therapy with vacuum therapy. Electrical dry needling acupuncture relaxes the fascia, and vacuum therapy creates a negative pressure within the tissues while stretching the different tissue layers of the sole.
An understanding of the biomechanics of the cycle stroke helps clarify the injuries from cycling. There are two broad categories of injuries: (1) physical injuries from impact with an external object and (2) injuries resulting from overuse.6
Overuse injuries are the focus of this section, but dry needling acupuncture therapy can be used at all stages of most injuries. Among impact injuries, most are abrasions; others are contusions, lacerations, and fractures. Dry needling acupuncture therapy greatly accelerates tissue healing from abrasions, contusions and lacerations. It can improve healing after surgery, especially in reducing post-surgical pain and swelling.
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