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The Feet Are Complex Foot Structures

Tuesday, 25 April 2023 00:00

The feet and ankles are complex structures. The 26 bones, several muscles, tendons, and ligaments work together in harmony to achieve balance and mobility. There are three bones that are located in the ankle joint. These enable up-and-down movement, causing flexibility in the foot. Additionally, there are also three bones that are located in the foot and are known as the hindfoot, midfoot, and forefoot. There is soft tissue and cartilage between the bones that hold them together which absorbs the impact of the body and provides stability to the body. There are 20 muscles that are found in each foot, and each group of muscles is responsible for various functions. The toes can lift and curl by using smaller muscles, and the peroneal tibial muscle controls the movement to the outside of the ankle. If you would like additional information about how the components of the feet work together, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can provide you with interesting foot facts.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Gerald Perelman from Ohio. 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 Wilmington, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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