Foot drop, also known as drop foot, is characterized by the difficulty in lifting the front part of the foot while walking. This condition can pose significant challenges to mobility and is often associated with an underlying cause, such as multiple sclerosis. However, foot drop can result from other neurological syndromes or even from physical damage to a nerve. Patients experiencing foot drop tend to adopt a distinctive walking pattern, resembling the act of climbing stairs. This is due to the difficulty in raising the front of the foot, which leads them to overcompensate by lifting their knee higher with each step. In addition to the primary symptom of foot drop, a range of other muscle and nerve-related challenges can further compound the difficulties posed by this condition. Managing these symptoms often requires a comprehensive approach that may include orthotic devices, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgical intervention. For help in dealing with drop foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.
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.
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