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The Feet Absorb and Control Impact During Running

There are several phases that the feet go through while running. The heel strike is sometimes referred to as ground contact and this happens when the foot lands on the ground. This is followed by rolling up to the forefoot and ends by pushing off. One of the responsibilities the feet have is to absorb and control the impact as walking and running take place. The term pronation is the inward movement the foot makes, and it is slightly lifted off the ground when running. When the foot strikes the ground, a normal foot structure will pronate to cushion the landing. This is followed by the arch as it lifts from its flattened state and will generally become stiff to maintain stability. Many runners have overpronation which may be common among people who have flat feet. The running shoes will often show evidence of overpronation and may show wear and tear on the inside part of the heel. If you would like to know more information about foot structure or biomechanics of the feet, feel free to consult with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from New England 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 one of our offices located in Chelmsford and Newburyport, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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