Very common and for good reason. Foot is one of the most sensitive areas. Tight or narrow shoes, that have an elevated heel, or an overly cushioned sole, all of these can affect the positioning and dull the senses in the foot. This decrease in stimulus can cause the muscles within the foot to become weak or dysfunctional and eventually affect our stability. Chronic conditions such as plantar fasciitis, heel pain and tight calves often start as adaptations to prolonged imbalances within the foot.
Up to 25% of the population deals with shoulder pain, but most times the pain does not come from a direct injury to the shoulder. Shoulder problems are usually a result of something else in the body that is not moving or stabilizing the way it should. The best areas to foam roll are the chest, the upper back, and the side with the lats.
This the most common type of pain and is a leading cause of disability all over the world. Going back to the ankle and the hip; if these two areas don’t move and stabilize appropriately then the low back can pay the price. Poor posture and sitting too much lead not only to hips that don’t move correctly, but also to numerous muscles in and around the trunk becoming weak and unable to provide support. To address the pain, rolling the hips and upper back is recommended to restore proper motion.
Knee pain is one of the most common types of pain people deal with. Although nothing is really “simple” when it comes to the human body, the knee joint is a rather simple joint. Most knee pain is not caused by the knee, it is caused by either the hip or ankle not moving properly, and the knee being the joint between them that pays the price. The best areas to foam roll when you have knee pain are the calves, the quads, and the hips.