Anglia Ruskin University in Britain is engaging in a large scale study to analyze the walking patterns of Essex citizens. Volunteers from Essex will have their walking patterns measured by a 3D rig that can capture the particularities of their stride and foot movement. These will be compared to the walking stride of patients from New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery. The researchers hope that their findings on normal gait and foot patterns will help them better understand foot and lower leg injuries, which could help in the development of better prosthetic limbs.
This new study on biomechanicshas opened many doors and allowed researchers to determine the best course of action when it comes to the development of better prosthetic limbs. If you want to learn more about your individual biomechanics, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel will be able to provide you with an individualized consultation in order to get you the best possible care for 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 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.
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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