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Anatomy of Foot Movement

The foot is a complex structure of bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints, all working in harmony to facilitate movement and support the body's weight. Bones, including the tarsal, metatarsal, and phalanges, form the framework of the foot, providing stability and flexibility. Joints, such as the ankle and subtalar joints, allow for smooth articulation and motion, enabling walking, running, and jumping. Tendons, tough bands of tissue, connect muscles to bones, transmitting force and facilitating movement. Additionally, ligaments, which connect bones to each other, provide stability and prevent excessive movement, reducing the risk of injury. Muscles, comprising intrinsic and extrinsic groups, power foot movements and control foot position. Together, these components create a complex network that enables the foot to adapt to various surfaces and activities. This networks ensures balance, agility, and efficient locomotion. If you have sustained any kind of foot injury or are experiencing foot pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you an accurate diagnosis and treatment options.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Center of Merrimack Valley. 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 one of our offices located in North Andover, and Tewksbury, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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