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Katey Behny, owner of a hiking supplies store in Beacon, NY, spent a lot of time hiking up mountains when she was growing up, making her an expert on outdoor activities.

Behny recommends that hikers find good, dependable shoes to wear in order to make sure that their feet stay safe while on treks. She claims that having footwear without adequate flexibility or room for one’s toes can lead to discomfort or injury.

"With an outdoor activity, you have to look at your clothing and footwear as equipment, and having the right equipment is going to make the experience a better one," she said.

Having footwear that fits correctly can prevent painful injuries from occurring when you participate in physical activities. If you need advice about footwear, talk to podiatrist Dr. Alan J. Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can suggest an appropriate size and style for you based on the type of activity you want to pursue.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Proper shoe fitting is one of the most common concerns people have when it comes to the health of their feet. To some this may not seem like a major issue, but the reality is that improperly fitted shoes account for a tremendous amount of injuries to the foot. Because our feet, our posture, and our gait directly affect the bio-mechanics and the overall structure of our entire body, pains and discomforts felt elsewhere within the body can frequently be attributed to improperly fitted footwear. Here are a few factors to consider, which will help you select the proper footwear when shopping.

Do not purchase shoes with the expectation that they will stretch to accommodate the size of your feet. You are looking for shoes that fit correctly right away. If the shoes you purchase are too large and are slipping in the area of the heel while you walk, do not purchase them. Do not look favorably upon shoes that slip with the intention of wearing thicker socks to compensate for the slippage. Make certain that in the widest portion of the shoes, the ball of your foot, fits comfortably in the shoe.

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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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