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Understanding Flatfoot and the Benefits of Arch Support

Pes planus, commonly known as flatfoot, is a prevalent deformity characterized by the collapse of the midfoot arch during walking. This condition poses various risks, including bunions, tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, metatarsal pain, knee discomfort, and lower-back pain, particularly during prolonged uphill, downhill, and level walking. These issues can deter individuals from enjoying the physical and mental benefits of walking as an exercise. Using arch-support insoles can be beneficial as they contribute to a shorter stance time and enhance the generation of propulsion force, especially for the big toe during uphill and level walking and for metatarsals during level walking. These insoles help distribute contact areas more evenly across the midfoot, aiding in shock absorption during all types of walking. If you have flat feet and it is interfering with comfortable walking, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to address this condition. Appropriate support can improve comfort and reduce the risk of associated injuries, allowing individuals to enjoy the advantages of walking for their overall well-being.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Richard T. Bauer from Summit Foot & 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 Latham, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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