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How Do the Toe Joints Work?

Many bones throughout the body are situated near joints, which allow the bones to move and the body to function. The toes are no different. Each toe in the feet has different joints that make movement possible and serve important functions. Every toe but the big toe has three joints, which are known as the metatarsophalangeal joint, the proximal interphalangeal joint, and the distal phalangeal joint. The big toe has only two joints. These joints in the toes are protected by several different things. Each joint is covered by cartilage and a membrane that produces a kind of fluid for lubrication. These joints are critical parts of the feet because they importantly enable the feet to bear a significant amount of weight and propel the body forward. If you are interested in learning more about the joints of the toes, contact a podiatrist today.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Dr. Kane & Associates, P.C. Our doctors 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 Westland, MI. . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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