Although bunions are often known to be hereditary, they can also be caused by muscle imbalances. The foot anatomy determines your movement and any imbalance in motion can affect the development of calluses or bunions. The three sections of your foot are the rearfoot, midfoot, and forefoot. All three parts of your foot should be supporting you as you walk. Bunion growth can be prevented and reversed, with exercises that can help improve your foot biomechanics. Practice working your basic foot anatomy, stretching areas like the shin and the plantar fascia.
The biomechanics are the moving parts that manage the movement of your feet. If you would like more information, see Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can assess and provide in-depth information as well as measure your personal foot biomechanics.
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 to 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 Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.