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Joints of the Feet

Tuesday, 03 January 2023 00:00

The biomechanics of the feet are outstandingly complex, as more than 25 bones and 30 joints are located in the human feet. Each bone, ligament, muscle, and joint serves an important function to keep the feet functioning correctly and engaged in normal motion. The joints, in particular, are indispensable to the human foot. It is important to note that the joints essentially make jumping, walking, and motion generally possible. Some of the most important joints in the feet include the ankle joint, the tarsometatarsal joint, and the Interphalangeal joint. Joints are formed at the intersection point of two bones (i.e. where two bones come together in the foot). Joints are primarily engaged in facilitating movement between the bones, which makes their role so critical in the feet. Since joints play such an important role in the feet, injuries to ankle joints can be serious and motion-inhibiting. For example, a common injury of this type is known as an ankle sprain, which targets the ankle joint, tearing the relevant ligaments. If you are interested in learning more about the important joints of the human foot, contact a podiatrist today for more information.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Loren Hansen, DPM from Ankle & Foot Medical 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 Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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