Having both of his legs amputated when he was only 32 years old was tough for Birmingham local Mike Wisham, but he didn’t lose hope. He tried to make do with a pair of prosthetics, but they did an inadequate job of imitating real limbs.
So instead he moved on to the newest technology available, prosthetics called the Elan that had microchips installed in the feet. These were able to naturally accommodate the movement of Wisham’s body like real feet do. “I want folks to know the technology is out there,” he said about them. “That will allow them to carry on with life.”
By educating yourself about biomechanics, you can prevent foot and ankle injuries from occurring. If you would like to know more about biomechanics, contact a podiatrist like Dr. Jeff Wachtel of Wachtel Family Foot Care. Dr. Wachtel can answer all your questions and teach you how to understand the movements of your feet.
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 structure and 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 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.
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