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December 18, 2013
Category: Foot Care

Running ShoesGerman scientists from Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS) designed and came up with an idea to create a shoe that can help improve a jogger’s technique. Popularity among runners has grown, and so does the injuries and joint complaints that come with them, according to editor Sarah Griffiths.

These trainers or ‘smart shoes’ warn runners if their feet are on the wrong position, or if they are tired by using a smartphone app. Scientists said young runners and those with wrong running styles, have a risk of twisting or injuring their ankle joints.

Also, runners are susceptible to breaking bones when they are running on an uneven terrace. The sensors in the running soles measure the biomechanical data of an athlete, and evaluates a runner’s form with the measurements found in real time

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. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center.  Dr. Cohen 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.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Saginaw, MI and Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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ERIN McCRACKEN / COURIER & PRESSJeff Williams, a minimalist runner, runs along trails at Angel Mounds on May 30.$RETURN$$RETURN$ERIN MCCRACKEN / Scripps newspapersJeff Williams, a minimalist runner, is training for an 100 mile race in Alabama in November and typically logs 45 to 65 miles a week. Williams says minimalist running has helped get rid of some aches and pains he regularly had when he ran with a more cushioned shoe.$RETURN$$RETURN$Former competitive running enthusiast Jeff Williams struggles to transition back into running. Williams took a 15 year absence from running. “I realized very quickly that something had to change. When I started, my knees were consistently bothering me a lot, said Williams.”

Williams then discovered minimalist or barefoot running, in a book he read; and it changed everything. “I was pretty intrigued by it and decided to try it out,” said Williams, who runs 45 to 65 miles a week in minimalist running shoes. With the help of minimalist running shoes, runners land on the front or balls of the foot while a ‘normal-shoed’ runner usually lands on the heels of his or her feet.   

Allowing your body time to adjust properly to barefoot running is essential, and part of this preventative care involves talking to a chiropodist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can advise you on a running regimen, as well as provide information on techniques of barefoot running to help avoid foot pain, heel pain, and injury.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot running is a fairly popular trend in the running world. More than just simply ‘running without shoes,” barefoot running affects the way your feet hit the ground and your overall posture. Barefoot runners land on the front part of their feet as opposed to those who wear shoes, who usually strike their heel as they hit the ground.

Barefoot running contains many advantages, including:

· A lower risk for ankle and foot injuries
· Improvement in balance and body  posture
· Strengthens muscles in the lower legs, ankles and feet that are not normally worked when wearing shoes

There are also disadvantages to barefoot running, which include:

· Lack of shoes increases the risk of incurring blisters, scrapes, bruises and cuts
· Risk of Achilles tendonitis as a result of landing on the front of your feet constantly
· Needing time and transition to adjust as the switch cannot be automatic

Start on even, flat surfaces and consider investing in minimalist running shoes. Minimalist running shoes provide the ‘feel’ of barefoot running while affording the same protection you can get for wearing shoes. Barefoot running can be safe and enjoyable with the proper planning and transition.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Saginaw, MI and Essexville, MI.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Actress Vanessa Hudgens displayed a new style recently at a pilates class in Los Angeles by wearing a different types of footwear that encouragesproper foot care during one’s workout routine.

The strangely designed no toe socks originating from the UK create more comfort and efficiency for your feet while performing such exercises as pilates and yoga. “Separating the toes 'is the best thing you can do for your feet because it will encourage you to spread your toes which helps strengthen foot muscles and increase blood circulation” said manufacturers of the product. The newly designed socks also claim to be sanitary and hygienic and better than working out in bare feet. Additionally the non-slip sole that the sock features decreases the risk of slipping on a floor or mat during an exercise.

It is important that the proper care is being provided to your feet during exercise and other activities.  A podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center can make recommendations and help you with any foot pain you might have experienced from wearing ill-fitting footwear.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support. 

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

The arch is the most important part of the foot, which is where most of the support and balance of your feet lies. The arch of your foot varies in height, and as you age, this height can change. Proper foot support will help musculoskeletal issues, which causes inactivity or disability.

When looking for shoes that give proper support to your feet, you should refrain from wearing ill-fitting shoes.  If footwear is too tight, this can affect the body’s posture, stress, bone deformities, and other foot and back pain. Therefore, it is important that shoes fit well in order to avoid these complications.

Shoes to Consider:

-  Good heel and arch support
-  Have proper length and width for your feet
-  Avoid tight/cramped shoes.

If you have any questions, please contact one our offices in Saginaw, MI or Essexville, MI.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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