A research study performed by a University of Queensland PhD student indicates that the muscles in the feet just might be more important in supporting the foot’s arch than once assumed. During the study, weights were attached to the knees of test subjects. The researchers found that other muscles became activated in order to provide support as a result.
Dr. Glen Lichtwark, an exercise scientist at Queensland, hopes this study could improve the field of injury rehabilitation. This impact would include encouragement of programs that focus more on muscle strengthening and conditioning. Most of the credit was initially given to the plantar fascia, but thanks to this study it turns out foot muscles can receive more credit than they are given.
Knowing the biomechanics of your feet is very helpful in understanding your body. For more information, consult with one of our twelve podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our podiatrists can analyze your foot’s composition and prescribe advice on how to best take care of 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 structure and 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 to the area.
Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.
Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.
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