Posts for: September, 2014
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) showcased the findings of their Today’s Podiatrist survey. The survey focused on one thousand adults and their attitudes towards podiatry. The study found that 77 percent of the people surveyed had some form of foot pain but only a third of those would actually seek the care of a podiatrist.
"It's not surprising to see how many people are affected by foot pain, when survey results show that we view our feet as the least important body part in terms of our overall health and wellbeing," said APMA President Frank Spinosa, DPM. "Our feet are literally and figuratively the furthest things from our minds." Foot pain can negatively affect your life, including restricting your activities.
What is a Podiatrist?
The branch of medicine that is focused on the treatment, diagnosis, and study of disorders of the lower leg, ankle and foot is referred to as podiatry. Someone would seek care in the field of podiatry when they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as: heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems etc.
A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:
- physical therapy
- perform surgery on lower extremity fractures
- orthotic inserts or soles
A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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Studies indicate that the foot’s biomechanics can not only be measured, but changed as well. Given athletes may possess unique biomechanics; certain biomechanics compositions can affect how hard their feet hit the ground when running along with their weight and speed.
Researchers at the University of Delaware in 2010 observed a group of test subjects that had particularly hard strides. Directions were given to the subjects on how to change their bodily alignment, concluding that their alterations were a permanent success. From this success, runners not only made softer steps but incurred fewer injuries in the process.
Biomechanics is very useful in understanding your body. For more information about your own biomechanics, check with one of our podiatrists at Connecticut Foot Care Centers. Wewill analyze your body composition and give you advice about how to improve your body’s alignment.
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.