Knowing how the feet and lower legs function can dramatically increase one’s ability to care for the feet. One important aspect of knowing how the feet work is being aware of certain syndromes that can affect the feet and lower legs. Restless leg syndrome is one such syndrome that individuals ought to be aware of. This syndrome occurs when an individual has an overpowering urge to move the legs, for example, due to feelings of discomfort, a desire to stretch, or prickling sensations. As a result, the individual frequently must move their legs, and this is often something that disrupts sleep. In other words, one’s quality of sleep can be reduced because of restless leg syndrome and the leg movement that it can cause. Of course, restless leg syndrome is just one of many different kinds of syndromes that can affect the feet and lower legs. If you are interested in learning more about the biomechanics of the feet and syndromes that can develop, contact a podiatrist today.
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.