Within every profession, there are descriptive terms to specify characteristics or locations of features on an item. For a botanist, the anatomy of a plant is crucial in determining how a plant functions and plays an important role in how it reacts to its environment. For the musician, each instrument has their own sound and frequency as dictated by its anatomy – all the parts work together! For many healthcare professionals and patients, it makes sense that the human body has its own anatomy – there’s a name for every bone, joint, ligament, tendon, organ and blood vessel. And even those structures have structures on or within them that are named or classified. Each area of study has its own focus and that focus is very detailed.
In regards to biomechanics of the foot, a podiatrist/foot and ankle specialist must be knowledgeable of all the structures and the geography within the foot. In addition, the anatomy of footwear is also important to know. It helps the clinician evaluate the footwear and deem it worthy or unworthy of your feet. Check out the diagram that highlights the structures in a typical tennis shoe. Shoe designers and shoe manufacturers must also have an expert handling of shoe terms because they work with its creation on a day-to-day basis.
For a shoe to work, all the components must be secure, comfortable and work together in harmony. Different shoes have different functions or combinations of functions: arch support, shock absorption, balance, traction and ambulation. In addition, athletic shoes designed specifically for a sport all have properties that help the activist excel in that sport.
Take a look at a typical athletic shoe and compare it to the diagram with various parts labeled. Descriptors of the terms will follow in the next article. How many of these features do you see on them? With a little time, you too can be familiar with all the components of a tennis shoe and their functions! Who knew that even tennis shoes had such a specific anatomy!?
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So what is Podiatric Medicine? To what does the field of Podiatry pertain?
While the scope of practice in this field of medicine varies from state to state, Podiatrists or Foot and Ankle Specialists in Florida are licensed to do procedures on the foot, ankle and lower leg (below-the-knee). Many people equate Podiatry to feet and feet only! However, ankles and the lower leg are also part of our daily practice. The foot, ankle and lower leg is a rather extensive complex. With an enormous number of muscles, tendons, nerves, blood vessels, bones and ligaments - the pedal structure of the human is definitely a marvel!
Here are some foot, ankle and leg facts for you to jump all over:
In terms of foot health, your Podiatrist is well-versed in foot ailments that may mirror serious medical problems. The first sign of many systemic diseases may manifest in the feet such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, nerve disorders and circulatory problems.
During daily activities like standing, walking or even running - all ground forces are transferred from your foot --> ankle --> knee --> hip --> spine --> neck --> head. The slightest injury or pain in your foot is greatly amplified as it distributed through the rest of your body. Any misalignment in the foot and ankle off-balances the other joints in your body so it is extremely important to find the root cause so the rest of your body stays in sync!
Take the time to care for you feet, your entire body will thank you!
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Did you know the average woman will wear high heels for 51 years of her life? It’s no wonder that foot problems will develop! Just what features of high heels make them so bad for your feet? All the problems that stem from high heels center on their incompatibility with human anatomy!
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About the Author
Dr. Nisha Krishnan is the President of Beverly Hills Foot and Ankle, P.A. She specializes in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and offers a full-range of foot, ankle and lower leg services.