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What Is the Ball of the Foot?

Tuesday, 06 June 2023 00:00

Learning about the biomechanics of the feet can be useful for anyone concerned with maintaining the health of their feet. For instance, the ball of the foot is a critical part of the foot that serves many important functions. The ball of the foot is located near the front of the foot just underneath the toes. This area of the foot can be susceptible to pain for many different reasons. Specifically, pain in the ball of the feet may be caused by stress fractures, being overweight, or from wearing high heels. If nothing is done to address pain that is felt in the ball of the feet, it is possible that this might ultimately alter one’s natural gait. Upon seeking medical attention, you might be instructed by a podiatrist to do any number of different things to treat the pain. Your podiatrist might recommend that you rest or wear better-fitting shoes for instance. If you are someone that is experiencing pain in the ball of your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Barry P. Weinstein, DPM from Bellaire Podiatry. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Bellaire and Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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