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How the Bones in the Feet Work Together

Our feet, remarkable in their complexity, house a network of 26 bones each, expertly coordinated to support our body weight and facilitate movement. These bones can be categorized into three main groups, notably the tarsal bones in the ankle, the metatarsals in the arch, and the phalanges in the toes. Tarsal bones, including the heel bone, or calcaneus, and the talus, provide stability and shock absorption. The metatarsals form the longitudinal arch of the foot and act as a lever for propulsion, while the phalanges allow dexterity and balance. Ligaments, tendons, and muscles work in harmony to control these bones and facilitate various movements. The interplay of these bones enables the foot's natural shock-absorbing mechanism, dissipating the forces generated during walking, running, or jumping. Proper alignment and functioning of these bones are essential for maintaining foot health and overall well-being. Understanding the intricate mechanics of the foot's bone structure can help us appreciate the importance of foot care and the significance of maintaining proper posture and gait. If you would like to know more about the biomechanics of the feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with useful information.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City/LaPorte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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