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How Bones and Muscles in the Feet Work Together

The human foot is a marvel of intricate design. A symphony of bones, joints, muscles, and ligaments work in harmony to facilitate movement and provide essential support. Comprising 26 bones, the foot's structural integrity is maintained by an elaborate network of joints that allow for flexibility and articulation. Muscles, spanning from the calf to the toes, create the dynamic movements needed for activities like walking, running, and jumping. Ligaments, sturdy bands of connective tissue, secure bones together, forming stable joints while allowing controlled movement. From the heel to the toes, each component plays a critical role in weight distribution, balance, and shock absorption. The arches, formed by the alignment of bones, contribute to the foot's natural shock-absorbing properties. Understanding this intricate interplay of bones, joints, muscles, and ligaments is essential for appreciating the resilience and versatility of our feet, which serve as the foundation of our daily mobility and physical well-being. If you are having problems with any part of your feet and ankles, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer treatment solutions.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from The Foot Institute. 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 Westside, Northeast, Eastside, and Northwest, El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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