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All About the Metatarsal Bones

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Although you may not always think about it, there are many different bones in your feet that play important roles and are constantly supporting your every movement. The metatarsal bones are one example of critical bones that are located in the feet. There are five metatarsals that comprise the arches of your feet. This makes them play an important role in bearing and supporting weight. The 1st metatarsal bone is the thickest bone, and consequently, it bears more weight than the other metatarsals. It is important to note that although fractures are rare, an individual can fracture the metatarsals when large objects that are heavy fall on them. Hallux Valgus, or bunions, is also a condition that can negatively impact the 1st metatarsal. If you want to learn more about the metatarsal bones, or are concerned about your metatarsals, contact a podiatrist today.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Ali Davis, DPM from The Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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 in 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 Overland Park, KS . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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