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Aging and Biomechanics of the Feet

Foot pain is a common issue among the elderly, and it can make it harder for them to move around and enjoy life. Scientists have been studying the connection between how our feet work as a link of foot problems in older people. They found that as we get older, our feet tend to get stiffer, have less movement, and become weaker. Our feet also tend to tilt inward which can make walking less efficient and cause foot pain. All these changes can make it difficult to perform everyday activities that involve standing or walking. Additionally, It can increase the chance of falling. If you have foot pain and are older or taking care of someone who is elderly, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an examination which can determine the cause of existing foot conditions, and correct treatment to make movement more comfortable.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Harris Greenberger, DPM from Fairfield County Foot Surgeons. Our podiatrist 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 Norwalk, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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