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podiatry biomechanicsUniversity of Queensland scientists conducted a research that sheds new light on foot muscles. Dr. Glen Lichtwark believes these findings could provide an important role in various fields of podiatry, including shoe design and foot rehabilitation.

Two experiments backed these findings. The first experiment had weights tied to the knees of two test subjects, with the scientists monitoring the responses of the muscles in their feet. The second experiment had electrical stimulation performed. When the stimulation was activated, the tissues in the foot muscles caused the arch to rise.

Biomechanics are the parts that make up your feet. For more information, see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can assist you with all your foot and ankle concerns.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a sect of specialized podiatry that features licensed practitioners trained in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics focuses on the issues that affect the body and cause an interference with the biological structure. It also focuses on the foot and ankle’s movement and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

-Biomechanics historically dates back to ancient Egypt, which utilized professional foot care

-Biomechanics gained a high profile in 1974 thanks to the studies of Merton Root, who claimed by changing or controlling the ankle and foot’s forces, as well as diagnosing conditions and making corrections, could be used to gain strength and coordination to the affected area.

Improvements in modern technology are based on both therapeutic processes and past theories. These help provide a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide an accurate determination regarding the movements and patterns of the lower legs and feet with important information captured.
Increasing awareness and advances in available materials have helped enhance corrective methods and offer further options for foot-related injuries.

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broken anklesAn Alaskan musher named Scott Janssen was in the middle of the Rohn and Nikolai checkpoints when his sled accidently flipped over. Janssen was thrown off and hit his skull on a tree stump, knocking him out.

At one point one of the dogs from his team got loose, and as Janssen went to find it he fell through the ice on a frozen creek, breaking one of his ankles. He lay in the spot where he fell for about 45 minutes.

Eventually another musher arrived and activated his GPS tracker to summon help. "I can always wear the badge of honor that I made it over the pass on the worst year in the 42-year history of the Iditarod,” Janssen said after his ordeal was finally over.

Broken ankles can result from accidents of all kinds. If you’ve injured your ankle and you think it could be broken, talk to a licensed podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S.  of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will do everything help treat your foot and ankle pain and care for your condition.

Broken Ankles

A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. The tibia is the bone of the lower leg that is known to be the weight-bearing bone and is also more commonly called the shin. The fibula is the bone that is found on the outside of the leg and is smaller than the tibia. These bones are both attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankle fractures are very common since they occur in an area that suffers a lot of weight bearing and stress; therefore this area is more prone to suffering from fractures. There some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

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Devin Gardner says the 15 pounds he's added will make him more durable when the season starts this fall.Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner is fifteen pounds heavier than last season and states that the weight gain will make him more durable as the team heads full-tilt into their first spring practice games.

The weight gain comes out of Gardner being unable to play in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl due to a severe toe injury on his left foot. The injury was sustained in regular season finale versus Ohio State. He said it was the worst pain of his life.

“We didn’t get the win, but I was excited to be able to finish the game. It felt really weird, and it hurt really bad,” Gardner states. Yet the quarterback is hesitant to call it a fracture—though it most assuredly was a foot injury. He was recently seen wearing a plate in his shoe designed to offer complete protection during practices.

Fracture or not, a sports related foot or ankle injury can be devastating to any athletic career. If you’ve suffered a foot or ankle injury during a game or practice, see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can diagnose, offer advice, and provide treatment for a large range of ailments.

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries 

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

• Plantar Fasciitis
• Plantar Fasciosis
• Achilles Tendinitis
• Achilles Tendon Rupture
• Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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everyday foot careCountry singer LeAnn Rimes was spotted in Hawaii recently with bandages wrapped around her right foot and ankle for unknown reasons. She was seen swimming in the ocean without the wrapping the day before, raising speculation that the injury may have been sustained during that time.

Rimes is currently filming scenes for her upcoming reality show with her husband, actor Eddie Cibrian. She didn’t appear to be in any pain while she walked around the island with a serving of ice cream in her hand.

It just goes to show the importance of everyday foot health. For further consultation on the matter of daily maintenance, it is a good idea to seek out the care or advice of a licensed podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry, to aid you, advise you, and care for any foot injuries or problems you might experience.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to.  It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office which is located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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