Learning about the biomechanics of the feet can help an individual become more knowledgeable about how the foot works and how to prevent injury. Learning about the arch of the foot can be especially helpful. The arch of the foot is complex and has many essential functions. There are three different arches in the foot. The medial arch, the lateral arch, and the anterior transverse arch. Each of these arches is ultimately formed by the interaction of different bones, ligaments, and tendons in the feet. The arch enables the feet to perform many functions. For example, the arches in the feet provide flexibility and shock absorption when walking and running. In a way, the arch helps act as a kind of spring in the feet. If individuals did not have arches in their feet, engaging in motion would be significantly different and perhaps more difficult. If you are someone that wants to learn more about the biomechanics of your feet, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today.
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.
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