Podiatry Biomechanics A Birmingham man named Mike Wisham was forced to have both legs amputated when he was 32. He was given prosthetics but they weren’t a good fit, as they couldn’t match up to the mechanics of normal feet.

But then doctors presented him with prosthetics that had been equipped with new technology. Known as the Elan, the replacement legs contain microchips that allow for very minute adjustments while the wearer walks. They have greatly improved Wisham’s quality of life. “I want folks to know the technology is out there,” he said. “That will allow them to carry on with life.”

Understanding biomechanics is important to being knowledgeable about foot health. For information about biomechanics, contact a podiatrist like Dr. James Ricketti of Hamilton. Dr. Ricketti can examine your feet and answer any questions you might have.

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 structure and 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 to the area.

Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.

Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact out office in Hamilton, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to suit you and your needs.

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