Anglia Ruskin University in Britain is engaging in a large scale study to analyze the walking patterns of Essex citizens. Volunteers from Essex will have their walking patterns measured by a 3D rig that can capture the particularities of their stride and foot movement. These will be compared to the walking stride of patients from New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery. The researchers hope that their findings on normal gait and foot patterns will help them better understand foot and lower leg injuries, which could help in the development of better prosthetic limbs.

With the help of this new study, the biomechanics of podiatry are becoming a topic that is more and more understood. By studying and researching this, podiatrists, such as Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey, are better equipped to help patients when dealing with issues in movement and biomechanics. If you are suffering from a condition that is limiting your movement, it is highly recommended to speak to Dr. Ricketti, as he will be able to work with you to find the best treatment options.

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, please contact our office, which is located Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot complications.

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