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Fascinating Facts About Feet

Feet are remarkable structures comprising 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These bones are divided into three groups, consisting of the tarsal bones, which form the back of the foot and ankle, the metatarsal bones, which make up the midfoot, and the phalanges, which form the toes. On average, a person takes approximately 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles in a lifetime. Among the many joints in the feet, some of the most essential include the ankle joint, subtalar joint, and metatarsophalangeal joints. These joints work together to provide support, flexibility, and propulsion during movement, allowing us to walk, run, jump, and dance with ease. If you have developed foot pain which may be due to your foot's structure, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can help you with relief solutions.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Kenneth Donovan, DPM from Advanced Care Foot and Ankle. 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 office located in Charleston, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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