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While many women enjoy wearing high heels, to promote better foot health women should instead opt to wear them for special occasions. Heels lead to long-term problems for our bodies, especially for the spine, joints, ankles, knees, and feet. Foot conditions such as Morton’s neuroma, bunions, and hammertoes can result from continuous high heel wear. High heels essentially alter our body’s structure and gait. If you don’t want to avoid high heel wear altogether, opt for wearing high heels on days that do not require long periods of standing or walking.

High heels can create a myriad of foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

 If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock; you can buy either full inserts or metatarsal pads. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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The walking gait cycle, as it’s known, “refers to our natural ability to propel ourselves forward.” According to physiotherapist Galen Carroll, “the technique we use when we walk can stress the joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles of the body in different ways,” so it’s important for our foot gait to be stable and anatomically correct. A natural gait involves the heel striking the ground, with our knees and hips aligned. In ensuring our feet’s overall health, opt for comfortable footwear that offers proper support for our feet.

The biomechanics are the moving parts that manage the movement of your feet. If you would like more information, consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

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 to 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 Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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A research team from Yorkshire University traveled to Botswana last month to carry out a fourth-month study on the biomechanics of barefoot running. The study will be conducted on barefoot runners in Botswana as well as those who wear shoes. According to Dr. NassosBissas, “[u]nderstanding the biomechanics of barefoot running is essential to understanding human locomotion not only from a performance and injury prevention but also from an anthropological perspective.”

If you have any questions about barefoot running, consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discontwill attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot running is a fairly popular trend in the running world. More than just simply ‘running without shoes,” barefoot running affects the way your feet hit the ground and your overall posture. Barefoot runners land on the front part of their feet as opposed to those who wear shoes, who usually strike their heel as they hit the ground.

Barefoot running contains many advantages, including:

  • A lower risk for ankle and foot injuries
  • Improvement in balance and body  posture
  • Strengthens muscles in the lower legs, ankles and feet that are not normally worked when wearing shoes

There are also some disadvantages to barefoot running, which include:

  • Lack of shoes increases the risk of incurring blisters, scrapes, bruises and cuts
  • Risk of Achilles tendonitis as a result of landing on the front of your feet constantly
  • Needing time and transition to adjust as the switch cannot be automatic

Start on even, flat surfaces and consider investing in minimalist running shoes. Minimalist running shoes provide the ‘feel’ of barefoot running while affording the same protection you get from wearing shoes. Barefoot running can be safe and enjoyable with the proper planning and transition.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Boots designed by Steven Collins and his colleagues from Carnegie Mellon University reportedly make walking easier without using any power. These energy saving boots do this thanks to a spring and clutch mechanism inspired by the Achilles tendon.

The spring stretches during the act of stepping forward while walking, which stores energy; energy is then released when the spring recoils, powering the foot to push off of the ground. Normally one’s muscles burn energy to exert the force needed to push the body forward; the boots, however, reduce how much force is needed and therefore reduce the energy needed to walk.

The biomechanics are the moving parts that manage the movement of your feet. If you would like more information, see Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can assess and provide in-depth information as well as measure your personal foot biomechanics.  

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 to the area.

Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.

Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot. 

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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