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The Perfect Shoe Says A Lot About HumanityHitoshi Mimura is known to be one of the best shoe craftsmen around. Formerly of Asics, ”the god of shoes” he went on solo, and began crafting custom footwear for world-class athletes for those who need it most. Mimura says his secret is all about metrics when designing a shoe.  

"I take 13 measurements of the foot, each foot has to be measured separately," explains the sensei of shoemaking. "I only trust hand-measuring. Currently, each shoe takes about three weeks to make, mainly due to determining which materials to use." Preparation is also key. "For a world championships or Olympics I check the course once or twice. I went to Beijing three times." Mimura’s measurements go by the length and circumference of each toe, heel width, and the length of Achilles tendon.

It is important to find properly fitting shoes, in order to avoid injury or lower extremity consequences which results in pain. For more information and measuring, see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can examine your feet and provide advice for proper shoe fitting while diagnosing and treating any conditions you may have.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are come factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

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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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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.

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.

Read more about Biomechanics.

Protocell-trainers-by-shamees-aden_dezeen_2A UK scientist named Shamees Aden has developed a way to 3D-print running shoes made out of quasi-organic materials. The shoes are made from protocells, which can sometimes be used to make living organisms, and can be printed in the exact size of a runner’s foot.

The nature of the protocells allows the footwear to alter its shape as the wearer uses it to match their pronation and optimize the run. The shoes can even regenerate themselves, by being submerged in liquid infused with protocells. Aden hopes the technology available will catch up to his design by 2050.

If you want to learn about the various differences between walking and running shoes, seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will teach you about the different kinds of shoes available and help you decide on what shoes you need.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

Heel – walking shoes also have a beveled or angled heel. This helps absorb shock and puts less pressure on the ankles.

Running

Damage to your ankle, heel, or foot itself can occur if proper equipment is not used while running.

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If you have any questions, contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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BiomechanicsSun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering of MIT’s Neville Hogan has made the ankle’s stiffness the focal point of his research with the help of a robot called the AnkleBot. The AnkleBot works by mounting the bot to a knee brace, which is then attached to a custom-designed shoe. As the subject moves his or her ankle, the robot moves the foot along in directions within the normal range of motion. This experiment helps to understand the ankle’s biomechanics.

Studying the ankle’s biomechanics can help patients suffering from motor disorders and can even lead to the creation of safer footwear in the future. For now the Anklebot is being used to help patients regain their mobility.

If you are suffering from foot pain and think it might be caused by motor-related issues, you should seek the care of a podiatrist likeas Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can examine your feet and diagnose any potential conditions.

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. Understanding the biomechanics of the feet can help alleviate and even eliminate pain and further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions, contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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