Logically the force of impact of a runner’s steps can be measured by how much the runner weighs and how fast they are going, but there is another factor as well. Biomechanics also affects how hard the feet hit the ground, and since everyone has a unique alignment this can be difficult to measure.
A study done in 2010 at the University of Delaware aimed to demonstrate the importance of biomechanics by teaching a group of runners to run more softly by stepping in a more natural way. The experiment was a success, and the subjects were found to permanently pound the ground less and therefore be more resistant to injuring themselves.
If you want to know the best way to run without injuring yourself, understanding your own biomechanics is essential. A podiatrist like Dr. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry can study your technique and instruct you on how to align yourself more naturally so you can make the most of your run.
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.
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