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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