Many individuals all across the world choose to run regularly, either as a way to exercise or as a recreational activity. The biomechanics that are at play when an individual is engaged in running are significantly complex. For example, many different bones and muscles are working during a run to accomplish different objectives. One interesting aspect of foot biomechanics during running is that an individual might benefit if they use their feet to push down into the ground during a run. Although many runners might intuitively think they should use their feet to strike the ground and push off of the ground, a runner could potentially benefit from pushing down into the ground. This is because your body will require less energy to produce force and the manner in which your foot hits the ground could decrease one’s chance of injury. If you are someone that enjoys running, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist to schedule an appointment.
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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