Ankle Biomechanics Studied Through the Aid of Robotics

Podiatry BiomechanicsSun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering of MIT’s Neville Hogan uses the AnkleBot to help study the stiffness of the ankle. The AnkleBot works by mounting the bot to a knee brace, which is then attached to a custom-designed shoe. As the subject’s ankle is moved, the robot helps to move the foot within the normal range of motion.

This experiment helps researchers understand the ankle’s biomechanics. Studying the ankle’s biomechanics can help patients suffering from motor disorders and can even lead to the creation of safer footwear in the future. For now the Anklebot is used to help patients regain their mobility.

If you are suffering from foot pain and think it might be caused by motor-related issues, you should seek the care of a podiatrist likeas Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel can examine your feet and diagnose any potential conditions.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a sect of specialized podiatry that features licensed practitioners trained in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics focuses on the issues that affect the body and cause an interference with the biological structure. It also focuses on the foot and ankle’s movement and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

-Biomechanics historically dates back to ancient Egypt, which utilized professional foot care

-Biomechanics gained a high profile in 1974 thanks to the studies of Merton Root, who claimed by changing or controlling the ankle and foot’s forces, as well as diagnosing conditions and making corrections, could be used to gain strength and coordination to the affected area.

Improvements in modern technology are based on both therapeutic processes and past theories. These help provide a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide an accurate determination regarding the movements and patterns of the lower legs and feet with important information captured.
 

Increasing awareness and advances in available materials have helped enhance corrective methods and offer further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding the biomechanics of the feet can help alleviate and even eliminate pain and further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Spring Hill, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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