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What Are the Feet Responsible For?

The onset of warm weather in many parts of the world may bring the desire to lose the shoes and walk barefoot. It can be interesting to look closely at the feet, which is often done during the day while the shoes are off. Each foot has 26 bones, several tendons, muscles, and ligaments that work together to make the foot move. The joints in the feet enable the bones to change position, and they are held together by portions of tissues that are stretched between the bones. The soles of the feet have thicker skin than the rest of the body, and they are designed to absorb the weight of the body. The various components of the feet work together to balance and support the body, in addition to providing the ability to move from place to place. If you would like additional information about how the feet are designed, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with the information you are seeking.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Houston Foot and Ankle. Our doctors 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 Kingwood, Humble, The Woodlands, and Conroe, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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