Beneath the skin's surface lies a fascinating framework of foot bones, intricately designed to support our weight and enable movement. Comprising 26 bones, the foot forms three arches that are crucial for balance and shock absorption. However, this intricate structure is vulnerable to various conditions. Fractures can occur due to accidents or stress, while arthritis, an inflammation of joints, can erode bone surfaces. Bunions, caused by misalignment of bones, lead to a bony bump at the base of the big toe. Plantar fasciitis, arising from excessive strain, can cause heel pain. Understanding these conditions empowers us to prioritize foot health. Wearing proper footwear, managing weight, and engaging in a regular exercise routine are vital in preventing foot conditions. If you would like to learn about foot biomechanics, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can provide you with useful information.
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, La Porte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.