How Hard Runners Strike the Ground can be analyzed with Biomechanics

How Hard Runners Strike the Ground can be analyzed with Biomechanics

biomechanicsIt’s common sense that the amount of force with which a runner hits the ground can be determined by the athlete’s mass and running speed.

But a study conducted at the University of Delaware in 2010 showed that a person’s individual biomechanics can be important to calculating this force as well.

A group of test subjects were trained to align their bodies differently while running so that they produced strides that were softer and less harmful to the body. As a result the subjects permanently struck the ground with less force, demonstrating that biomechanics are necessary to truly understand a person’s running habits.

Many running issues can be avoided by being informed about biomechanics. For help understanding your running technique, consult a podiatrist like Dr. Donald C. Stran, DPM of Houston Foot and Ankle. Dr. Stran will explain to you how biomechanics affect running habits and teach you what can be done to improve them.

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 structure and 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 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, contact one of our offices located in Friendswood, TX; Missouri City, TX; Bay City, TX;  and Lake Jackson, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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