The Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) had researchers studying how the biomechanics of the feet are affected by different shoes. The researchers hope to aid shoe manufacturers in creating footwear that best benefits the wearers. The technology that went into the study included fairly complex optical motion capture systems, electromyography sensors, and recording equipment to measure how test subjects walked depending on the type of shoe they wore.  

“With this information, the statistical data and the results of the survey, we were able to determine which parameters were more closely linked to the comfort perceived by the user,” said Josep Maria Font, head of the study and leader of UPC’s biomechanical research unit.

Knowing about the foot’s biomechanics can help you know your own body. For more information, schedule an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care.  Dr. Tedesco can educate you further and even measure your own biomechanics.  

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.

Increasing awareness and advances in available materials have helped enhance corrective methods and offer further options for foot-related injuries.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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