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Sun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering of MIT’s Neville Hogan has been studying the ankle’s stiffness with the help of a robotic development called the AnkleBot. The AnkleBot functions by attaching the bot to a knee brace, which is then mounted to a custom-designed shoe. As the subject moves his or her ankle, the robot moves the foot along in directions within the ankle’s normal motion range. This function helps in understanding the ankle’s biomechanics.
Studying the ankle’s biomechanics can help patients suffering from motor disorders and can even lead to the creation of safer footwear in the future. For now the Anklebot is being used to help patients regain their mobility.
If you are suffering from foot pain and think it might be caused by motor-related issues, you should seek the care of a podiatrist likeas Dr. Henry Slomowitz of New Jersey. Dr. Slomowitz can examine your feet and diagnose any potential conditions.
Biomechanics in Podiatry
Podiatric biomechanics is a sect of specialized podiatry that features licensed practitioners trained in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics focuses on the issues that affect the body and cause an interference with the biological structure. It also focuses on the foot and ankle’s movement and the forces that interact with them.
A History of Biomechanics
-Biomechanics historically dates back to ancient Egypt, which utilized professional foot care
-Biomechanics gained a high profile in 1974 thanks to the studies of Merton Root, who claimed by changing or controlling the ankle and foot’s forces, as well as diagnosing conditions and making corrections, could be used to gain strength and coordination to the affected area.
Improvements in modern technology are based on both therapeutic processes and past theories. These help provide a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide an accurate determination regarding the movements and patterns of the lower legs and feet with important information captured.
Increasing awareness and advances in available materials have helped enhance corrective methods and offer further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding the biomechanics of the feet can help alleviate and even eliminate pain and further stress to the foot.
Read the full article on Biomechanics in Podiatry.
United Kingdom professor Dr. Mick Wilkinson of Northumbria University in New Castle gave his endorsement to barefoot running a few weeks ago, telling new runners it might be best for them to start barefoot.
Dr. Wilkinson completed the Great North Run without shoes in 2011. When running barefoot; the front of the foot strikes the ground first. When it comes to sneakers, the heel hits the ground first. Wilkinson encourages starting off slowly or with minimalist shoes, but claimed you should ignore the urge to run on grass and start on hard surfaces immediately.
The Impact of Barefoot Running
-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-When running barefoot the landing is done on the front part of the feet.
The Advantages of Barefoot Running
-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.
The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running
-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.
It’s best to slowly transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance, or consider minimalist running shoes.
Read the full article on Barefoot Running.