Anglia Ruskin University in Britain is engaged in a large scale study to analyze the walking patterns of Essex citizens. Volunteers from Essex will have their walking style measured by a 3D rig that can capture the motion of their legs and feet as they move. These will be compared to the walking strides of patients from New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery. Researchers hope that their findings on normal gait patterns will help them better understand mobility problems, which could provide insights into sports science and the development of prosthetic limbs.
The biomechanics of the foot, ankle, and lower leg are essential to understanding the proper functioning of the lower leg and foot, and the many ways in which that delicate balance can be upset. If you suspect a problem with your biomechanics and believe it is causing foot pain, ankle pain, or walking instability, it is recommended to see a podiatrist, like Dr.Theall of Gentle Touch Foot Care, for immediate consultation, care, and treatment options
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 is the study of the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structure and 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 to the area.
Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.
Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.
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