Podiatrists at Washington Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine in Kirkland, Washington are experts in the forces acting on and within the foot. Understanding these biomechanic issues can give tremendous insight into any issues affecting your feet and ankles. For a deeper understanding beyond the symptoms, call or contact Washington Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine online for a personal appointment today.
Biomechanics is a specialty area within podiatric medicine, similar to surgery, sports medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, and primary care. It should not be assumed that all podiatrists know biomechanics.
Bunions often arise from faulty biomechanics. When you put excessive pressure on the inside edge of the forefoot, perhaps as a result of overpronation (the turning in of your foot while walking and running), it can cause misalignment between the bone of the big toe and the corresponding metatarsal bone.
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis are sharp, stabbing heel pain due to faulty biomechanics or foot mechanics, such as abnormal pronation or an irregular gait.
Morton’s neuroma – it feels like you’re standing on a pebble between your third and fourth toes – can be due to biomechanics when it stems from foot deformities like hammertoes, arch abnormalities, and bunions.
To better understand the biomechanical factors causing foot and ankle discomfort, patients often undergo a gait analysis. This analysis breaks down each element within your gait – the way you take a step – to determine if the issues are biomechanical.
One of the best tools that a podiatrist can use to treat gait issues is custom orthotics. Custom orthotics are podiatric devices that are prescribed to treat a medical condition, especially one that affects biomechanical processes.
Unlike mass-produced inserts found in stores, custom orthotics are made to fit your unique feet and gait patterns. This allows podiatrists to pinpoint and correct biomechanical abnormalities that might lead to pain or further problems down the road.
For a deeper understanding of any biomechanical issues affecting your feet and ankles, call or contact Washington Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine online today to schedule your appointment.