The Composition of Your Foot: Let Orthotics Give You the Support You Need
When we think of our foot, one of the most important parts we consider is the arch. The foot in general is made up of a collection of bones, ligaments and muscles. Its composition is complex but allows us to stand and move, flex and adapt. The foot is considered to be made out of two general parts. These two parts are called the forefoot and the rearfoot.
How does the foot function?
First, the foot gives us a stable platform. This stable platform gives us support. Next, the foot reduces the effect of impact upon our feet as we load our weight onto them while moving. Lastly, our feet assist in propelling our body forward while we move and participate in biomechanics.
What happens to our foot as we walk?
Due to the construction of the foot, we walk a specific way to accommodate the impact, weight and shock of our bodies. As we walk, there is generally weight placed on the foot and our leg. The foot can accept this weight within certain limits before injury occurs. The amount of weight that the foot can accept varies due to certain circumstances. Fortunately, proper footwear allows our feet to take on more of a load and prevent injury from that excessive load.
Orthotics also play an important part in the process of load with the foot. They can also assist the foot to accept excess weight without being injured.
What is the function of an orthotic while walking?
Now that we know an orthotic can help bear weight, we should also note what its function is. The orthotic has three main functions for the foot:
- Protect the foot and ankle.
- Prevent injury by diminishing stress on the leg. This is believed to help impact and absorption. It also helps with overall leg alignment.
- Enhance performance and function during everyday activities and tasks.
Orthotics are great devices to help a weakened foot work as if it was not suffering. It allows for a more pain-free experience and prevents further damage from occurring.
Our foot is a very integral part of our life. Luckily, the way we walk, the way our body is made and those devices that are available to assist us help make our feet even better. If you are interested in an orthotic to help you and your feet, call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. You can reach our office at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Our feet take us great places, let us walk that journey with you.