Our feet do so much for us and so much can go wrong with them, but we do not often consider them unless we feel foot pain. Feet play an important role in the function of the gait cycle and influence the rest of our bodies. If our pronation or supination is off, shock absorption and walking can be affected. If the toe-off phase is not proper, propelling the body forward is impacted. Orthotics may help when things are off with the movement of our feet, but they may also not be necessary. If you are having foot discomfort or pain, contact a podiatrist who can examine your feet and evaluate your gait as well as provide the right treatment options for you.
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 our office located in Sioux Falls, SD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.