A new study conducted by scientists at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) on the biomechanical effects of different types of shoes could provide useful information for making more comfortable footwear in the future. A group of subjects were given six models of men’s and women’s shoes equipped with complex measurement technology. Researchers used these tools to record data on factors like how much impact wearers’ feet made on the ground when they walked.
These techniques aren’t new, but in the past they have mostly been applied to athletic footwear. “With this information, the statistical data and the results of the survey, we were able to determine which parameters were more closely linked to the comfort perceived by the user,” said Josep Maria Font, director of a biomechanical research division at UPC and main author of the study.
Biomechanics of the feet have a big influence on how we walk and run. To learn more, call podiatrist Dr. Jack Gorman of Bux-Mont Foot & Ankle Care Centers. Dr. Gorman will teach you about how the foot is meant to move and what implications this has for running and physical activity.
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.
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