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Complex Foot Anatomy

One of the functions of the feet is providing mobility and supporting the weight of the body. The feet are considered to be one of the most complex structures in the body, and are constructed of 26 bones, several muscles, tendons, and ligaments. There are numerous foot conditions which can develop from enduring an injury, or from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. There are several types of bones that are found in each foot. These are referred to as the phalanges, which are the bones in the toes, and the metatarsals that are found within the flat part of the foot. All the foot bones work in synchronized harmony, and most people are unaware until there is foot pain. An injury can occur to parts of the foot other than the bones. A ligament is defined as a strong tissue that connects the bones together. An injured ligament may require a longer recovery time as a result of limited blood flow. If you would like to have additional knowledge about how the feet are constructed, 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 Michael Schwartzman, DPM from Illinois and Indiana . 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 our offices located in West Chicago, IL and Whiting, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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