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The Effects of Shoes on Biomechanics of the Feet

Understanding how your choice of footwear can affect your feet, legs, and joints is crucial. Ill-fitting or unsupportive shoes can exert pressure on these areas during physical activity, potentially resulting in discomfort and injuries. Inappropriate footwear choices may contribute to common sports injuries such as shin splints and Achilles tendon pain, as well as foot problems that can include corns, bunions, ingrown nails. These issues can severely limit or even halt your physical activity. Different activities require specific types of footwear, such as beach and road running. Wearing unsuitable shoes can worsen existing problems, such as hip, knee, ankle, or foot pain or arthritis. Even short periods of wearing in ill-fitting shoes can cause stress and pain in your bones, joints, and supporting soft tissues, especially if you stand for extended periods at a time. Your choice of shoes can significantly affect your walking style or gait. The correct step involves the heel making initial contact with the ground, followed by a slight inward roll of the arch. This can allow the ball of the foot and big toe to follow. The heel then lifts off the ground, enabling you to push off from the ball of your foot and big toe. Some individuals have arches that roll excessively inward or outward, both of which can impact how effectively your feet absorb shock. If you have questions about how the shoes you wear are affecting the biomechanics of your feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a consultation.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Glenn Aufseeser, DPM from Lakewood Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on 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 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 offices located in Lakewood and Manchester Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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