Sound ridiculoso? That's because it is.
The amount of data gathered is immense.
I have worked with lots of endurance athletes and see tons of clients trying to understand and alleviate issues with the plantar fascia. It's always an interesting process discovering the foundational issues. However, we can often successfully release or tone tissues and invest in a new coordination to re-train the movement patterns.
One of the papers drawn from data on the above adventure is particularly related to the feet - specifically changes in the plantar fascia and the Achilles tendon throughout the course of endurance running.
Click here to open the paper on the feet.
Spoiler: Both connective tissue regions change due to movement patterns. *gasp
Two other papers are focused on reduction of grey matter in the brain due to endurance running! WHAT?
Click here for brain paper one.
Click here for brain paper two.
Other sections and blurbs of published material hint at curious fatty and connective tissue inflammation being the root of some potentially chronic physiological patterns endurance athletes develop. Thus, it could be worth a distance runners time to investigate some manual therapies and anti- inflammation foods / alkalizing diets.