Foot Notes Blog


August 2012

The dream 100 metre final

Aug 5, 2012 4:51 PM
Peter Guy

Tonight in the main stadium at the London games in front of 80,000 spectators the men’s 100 metre final will held, The final 8 runners are Richard THOMPSON, Asafa POWELL, Tyson GAY, Yohan BLAKE, Justin GATLIN, Usain BOLT, Ryan BAILEY and Churandy MARTINA. This is considered to be a dream final and a much anticipated event at the games. In watching the semi-finals and preliminary rounds it was amazing to see the fluid mechanics of running demonstrated by the top runners. Usain Bolt is the favorite to repeat as champion. As a chiropodist/podiatrist I am amazed at the power that he unleashes using his long legs and arms. His feet act like well-oiled springs that transmit the power from his upper and lower leg muscles for push off from the track. Unfortunately, recreational runners can damage their muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones if their feet cannot properly act like springs to transmit power. Plantar fasciitis is one such problem that prevents the foot to act like a spring. The plantar fascia is one of many supportive structures on the bottom of the foot. If the plantar fascia is damaged the foot cannot properly act like spring. Plantar fasciitis is something that should be treated right away by a chiropodist/podiatrist before it becomes chronic. And the winner is Usain Bolt. Congratulations!



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