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University of Queensland conducted research that shows that the plantar fascia is not the only muscle in the foot that can provide arch support. To prove this, an experiment had weights tied to the knees of two test subjects, with the scientists monitoring the responses of the muscles in their feet.

A second experiment involving electrical stimulation was then performed, showing that when activated, these tissues caused the arch to rise. Dr. Glen Lichtwark believes this could play an important role in fields focusing on the feet, including shoe design and foot rehabilitation.

The biomechanics are the cogs behind the gears that manage your feet. If you would like more information, see podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can 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, feel free to contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to fit your needs.

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Getting the right shoe sizeStudents of Kalamazoo’s Milwood Elementary were treated to a free shoe fitting and footwear thanks to First Day Shoe Fund. The program, which serves to provide shoes for children in low-income households, was founded by Valerie Denghel.

Volunteers helped to fit shoes for the children, whose ages range from preschool to third grade.

 “We’re extremely busy,” First Day Shoe Fund board member Michelle Miller-Adams said, “It’s nice because all these kids need shoes.” In addition to free footwear, the recipients also received free socks. Hundreds of families have benefited from this program, which has aided Kalamazoo’s public schools for seven years.

Wearing properly fitted shoes can serve to prevent injuries and adverse conditions to your legs and feet. Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC can help size your feet and provide recommendations on the best exercise footwear for your feet so they remain healthy and can provide care should you develop any foot problems.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people that wear shoes that are ill-fitting, which affects their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to selecting the right pair.

· When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot
· When measuring your foot with your shoe on, add 1-2 inches to the size
· Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes
· Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently
· Purchase shoes later in the day as your feet swell as the day progresses
· If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat your feet right by choosing the right pair of shoes that can provide them comfort and mobility with minimal pain.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our two offices which are located in Sun Lakes or Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.