According to research published in the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, high heels can have damaging effects on the biomechanics of the feet. Wearing high heels regularly changes the natural position of the foot and ankle and can cause damage all the way up to the spine. Additionally, wearing high heels too frequently causes muscular weakness and imbalance. Although one in ten women wears heels at least three times a week according to the American Osteopathic Association, changing into more practical footwear more often and taking the proper steps to exercise and stretch the feet can help reduce any effects to the biomechanics of the feet.
Proper footwear is important for biomechanics, which incorporates the moving parts that manage the movement of your feet. To learn more about biomechanics, see one of our podiatrists from Wayne Foot and Ankle Center, P.A. Our doctors can provide you with the foot and ankle information you seek.
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.