New Research can monitor Landing Patterns of the Feet

May 28, 2015
Category: Foot Care

A new technique developed by French researchers offers mobile monitoring of landing patterns of the feet—useful knowledge for runners seeking information about the way they run. Marlene Giandolini, a researcher at the Universite Savoie Mont Blanc in France stated, “We think the capacity of a trail runner to adapt [to different foot strikes] would give him an advantage.” While runners are often given different advice on how to run properly, basic guidelines to follow include trying to run as quietly as possible and making sure the feet land beneath the body’s center of mass.

The biomechanics are the moving parts that manage the movement of your feet. If you would like more information, see Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide you with the foot and ankle information you seek.  

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 feel free to contact our office located in Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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