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Joints in the Foot

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

Learning how the foot functions can be a critical step that individuals can take in understanding how they can best care for their feet. One important biomechanical aspect of how the foot functions is that each foot has a number of joints that serve different, important functions. Each toe has a certain number of joints, and interestingly, not all toes have the same number of joints. For example, the big toe has only two joints, while the other toes have three. The names of the three different joints found in toes besides the big toe are known as the metatarsophalangeal joint, the proximal interphalangeal joint, and the distal phalangeal joint. Joints form where bones meet and are covered by a certain amount of cartilage. For more information about joints in the feet and other facts about the biomechanics of the feet, contact a podiatrist today for more information. 

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Maine. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on 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 structures. It 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 in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet 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 Brunswick, ME . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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