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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

The Synergy of Foot Bones and Muscles in Running

In the intricate dance of running, the harmony between foot bones and muscles orchestrates efficient movement and propulsion. The foot's 26 bones form a dynamic framework, absorbing impact forces and providing stability. As the foot strikes the ground, the bones distribute weight evenly, while the arches act as natural shock absorbers, cushioning the impact. Meanwhile, a complex network of muscles, tendons, and ligaments orchestrates movement. The calf muscles, including the gastrocnemius and soleus, contract to propel the body forward, while the muscles of the foot and ankle, such as the tibialis anterior and posterior, stabilize the foot and control its motion. Additionally, intrinsic foot muscles fine-tune balance and control, ensuring precise movements with each stride. Through this intricate interplay, the bones and muscles of the foot synchronize seamlessly, enabling runners to achieve efficiency, speed, and endurance, while minimizing the risk of injury. If you have endured a foot injury while running, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can guide you toward appropriate treatment methods.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Ankle N Foot. 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 our offices located in Chicago, Elmhurst, Bartlett, IL and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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