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Understanding Foot Function and Ensuring Proper Care

Tuesday, 12 March 2024 00:00

Our feet, the unsung heroes of our daily activities, are intricate structures that enable mobility and support our entire body weight. Comprising numerous bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons, the feet work in unison to provide stability, balance, and the ability to walk, run, and stand. Maintaining optimal foot health is essential for overall well-being. To keep our feet in top condition, it is important to choose footwear that provides proper arch support and cushioning, and fits well. Regularly cleaning and inspecting the feet, especially between the toes, can help to prevent infections. Stretching exercises promote flexibility while strengthening exercises help maintain the foot's arch and stability. Alternating shoe choices, wearing moisture-wicking socks, and allowing feet to breathe can prevent issues like fungal infections. Paying attention to any discomfort or pain and seeking timely medical attention ensures prompt intervention. By understanding the marvel of how our feet function and adopting simple yet effective tips, we can prioritize our health and continue to move through life with comfort and ease. If you are seeking additional information about foot function and care, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Mark Spier from Maryland. 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 one of our offices located in Columbia and Reisterstown, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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