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How Do the Foot Arches Work?

Tuesday, 11 October 2022 00:00

The arches of the feet are critical components, and understanding how they work could be interesting or helpful to patients. Importantly, there are three arches in the foot, namely, the medial longitudinal arch, the lateral longitudinal arch, and the transverse arch. The arches of the feet play an important role in bearing the weight of the human body. For example, the arches (especially the lateral longitudinal arch) help distribute weight throughout the bones in the feet. Additionally, the medial longitudinal arch assists the body in movement by propelling the feet when walking and jumping. Each of these arches are formed by a different combination of bones, ligaments, and muscles in the feet. Maintaining the health of the arches can be important, because certain foot conditions, particularly with plantar fasciitis, can make them feel painful. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today to learn more about the arches of the foot.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari from VIP Foot & Ankle Center. 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 Pembroke Pines, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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