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BiomechanicsHow hard a runners’ stride is is mostly contingent on two factors: the runner’s weight and they’re running speed. But because everyone’s body is different, biomechanics also play a big part in determining stepping force.

A study conducted by scientists at the University of Delaware showed the effects of biomechanics by attempting to teach runners to alter their alignments so that they struck the ground more softly. The experiment worked, and the subjects who changed their forms were able to permanently soften their strides.

Being informed about biomechanics can help you become a healthier runner. You can learn about biomechanics from a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can teach you about proper running form and how to avoid injury.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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November 22, 2013
Category: Foot Care

Pick Running Shoes Based on Comfort to Prevent Foot InjuryAccording to the BBC, your shoes have little effect on whether or not you sustain injuries. Aarhus University’s Rasmus Nielsen believes clinicians should place their focus on training as opposed to one’s choice of footwear. University of Calgary’s Benno Nigg conducted a study which provided six different shoe inserts in varying elasticity and hardness, keeping a diary over the course of four months. Regardless of the insole of their choice, injuries were less prevalent among those who ran without insoles. Both have concluded that comfort seems to be more important as opposed to the type or style of shoes that you wear.   

Wearing properly fitted shoes can serve to prevent injuries and adverse conditions to your legs and feet. Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A can help size your feet and provide care should you develop any foot problems.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people that wear shoes that are ill-fitting, which affects their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to selecting the right pair.

· When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot
· When measuring your foot with your shoe on, add 1-2 inches to the size
· Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes
· Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently
· Purchase shoes later in the day as your feet swell as the day progresses

· If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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