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Various Parts of the Feet

The feet are considered to be one of the most complex structures in the body. There are 26 bones, many ligaments, tendons, and muscles in each foot, and their main function is to provide mobility. The feet are needed to maintain balance in different positions, in addition to absorbing shock while walking and running. Research has shown there are various foot postures among different species. The plantigrade posture signifies contact between the foot and ground while walking and is the method humans and bears have. Dogs and cats have the digitigrade posture, which represents only the toes making contact with the ground. Animals including horses have the unguligrade posture, where the tips of their feet touch the ground. The human foot consists of several areas, including the hindfoot, midfoot and forefoot. All of these components work together for smooth mobility, and it is important that proper foot care is maintained so they can continue to do this. If you have a problem with any part of the feet, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one our our podiatrists from Newtown Comprehensive Foot Care. 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 office located in Newtown, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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