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biomechanicsJosep Maria Font leads researchers at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in experiments designed to further our understanding of the way a variety of shoe types affect every aspect of footwear. Advanced data collection on biomechanics can be used to develop comfortable, intelligently-crafted footwear for everyone.

“With this information, the statistical data and the results of the survey, we were able to determine which parameters more closely linked to the comfort were perceived by the user,” says Josep. Through the course of the experiments and research, the scientists used precise motion-capture cameras and sensors to measure gait, how the subjects walked, and how their feet impact the ground when they take steps.

Biomechanical insight is an important subject to anyone concerned about the health of their feet. For in-depth assistance on such a complicated topic, consider speaking to a licensed podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali will analyze the way your feet move and help determine if you need to make any changes to your lifestyle.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a sect of specialized podiatry that features licensed practitioners trained in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics focuses on the issues that affect the body and cause an interference with the biological structure. It also focuses on the foot and ankle’s movement and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

-Biomechanics historically dates back to ancient Egypt, which utilized professional foot care

-Biomechanics gained a high profile in 1974 thanks to the studies of Merton Root, who claimed by changing or controlling the ankle and foot’s forces, as well as diagnosing conditions and making corrections, could be used to gain strength and coordination to the affected area.

Improvements in modern technology are based on both therapeutic processes and past theories. These help provide a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide an accurate determination regarding the movements and patterns of the lower legs and feet with important information captured.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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Flat FeetSenior author Marian Hannan of the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston performed a study that found that women incurred back pain as a result of flat feet. Hannan measured each subject’s foot in the standing position and had the individual walk across a mat with embedded sensors to measure heel pressure to the foot’s tip while walking.

The research found that only women with pronated feet were linked to having lower back pain as a result of flat feet. Hannan says that because women’s pelvic bones are wider and sway their hips as they walk are likely causes of being more affected by flat feet.

If you believe you suffer from foot problems as a result of flat feet, it is best to seek a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle will evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment options for your feet.  

Flat Feet

Flat feet are the name of a condition in which the arch of the foot is lowered or fails to develop all together. Flat feet are common among babies and small children, but arches are generally formed as the child grows. However, flat feet can become problematic if the arch never develops.  Adults may develop flat feet after an injury or from the increased weight of a pregnancy.


The wet footprint test can help diagnose flat feet. The individual places their feet on a wet surface, and then walks across a dry surface to create an impression of their footprint. If there are no indentations or arches in the footprint, the individual may have flat feet. In all cases, it is best to consult with a podiatrist to confirm the diagnosis.

Types of Flat Feet

Rigid – this is when someone’s arch of the foot is not present when sitting or standing.

Treatment may be necessary if pain is present, and orthotics may be prescribed.

Flexible – the arch shows when someone is sitting, but then goes away when they are standing.

Treatment may not be necessary.


In some instances surgery may be recommended if exercise and orthotics do not work.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Description: In the wars again: Rose McGowan was spotted with a boot cast as she shopped with a friend in Los Angeles, on MondayActress Rose McGowan appears not to have lady luck on her side when it comes to her feet. McGowan suffered her third foot injury in less than 4 years; recently injuring one of her lower extremities. McGowan refuses to give her stiletto heels for a more comfortable shoe.

The 38-year-old was spotted wearing a black protective boot cast as she went shopping in Los Angeles. She was seen walking lightly on her injured foot on her way to the stores according to Dailymail. She had suffered a broken foot on the way to the gym in 2008, running down the stairs to meet with her personal fitness trainer. “The doctor thought I was crying because I was in pain, but I told him it was because I have to go to Cannes and refuse to wear flats, said McGowan.  She then broke her toe in 2011 suffering a hairline fracture, due to wearing high heeled shoes for 14 hours a day on a film shoot.

It is important that the proper shoes are worn for protection gainst pain and discomfort. A podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle can make recommendations and help you with any foot pain you might have experienced from wearing ill-fitting footwear.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support. 

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

Shoes to Consider:

- Good heel and arch support
- Have proper length and width for your feet
- Avoid tight/cramped shoes
- Have many eyelets –will give feet better support when the laces are tied

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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