FAQ - Biomechanics
Are biomechanics affecting my running?
Foot biomechanics can definitely affect whether or not you develop pain in your feet while running, but they also may affect how well you run. The more efficient your gait is, the less stress it will put on your body and the better results you may have with your times and distances.
The term biomechanics refers to the way the bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles function as you move about. Your foot structure (arch shape, misaligned bones, etc.), the health of your soft tissues, and the way your foot strikes the ground all affect your locomotion. If muscles and tendons are too tight, even during normal daily activity tight muscles or tendons can tear or completely rupture due to the biomechanics and gait pattern of a person. If your muscles or tendons are loose and don’t have strength and elasticity, you are more prone to dislocations and sprains because they are not holding your joints together in their proper places. When everything works together properly, the energy is translated into forward movement more directly and efficiently, resulting in better performance.
If you are serious about running, come in to Aadvanced Foot Care Associates for a gait analysis and examination of your foot structure and function. We can pinpoint faulty biomechanics and find effective treatments. Call us at (718) 896-4433 in Rego Park, (718) 969-2266 in Flushing, or (516) 822-9595 in Plainview today.
Could my feet
be causing my leg pain?
Leg pain can come from many causes. Some are severe and needing immediate treatment, like deep vein thrombosis. Other causes could be related to conditions in your circulatory or nervous system, back problems like sciatica, diseases like arthritis, or an injury like a sprain,fracture, or tendinitis. Sometimes, however, the pain in your legs can stem from problems in your feet, and foot pain may not even be present.
For example, you could have pronation issues because of flat feet or high arches. With flat feet, the joints above are thrown out of alignment, and their malfunction can cause inflammation and pain. With high arches, especially if they are rigid, your foot doesn’t absorb the weight of your steps as well, and the trauma of each foot strike is carried up the leg, resulting in conditions like shin splints, tendonitis, or iliotibial band syndrome that causes pain in your outer thigh and swelling and pain in your knees.
For prompt, accurate diagnosis of what is causing your leg pain, come in to in Rego Park, Plainview, or Flushing, NY. Call (718) 896-4433, (516) 822-9595, or (718) 969-2266 for an appointment with our expert podiatrists.
What can you learn from a gait analysis?
By doing a gait analysis as you stand, walk, and run on a treadmill, we can analyze many aspects of your total movement pattern. We can see how your foot lands on the surface (strikes), rolls as your weight moves forward (pronates), and propels your foot for the next step (pushes off). We can also observe your ankles, knees, hips, and pelvis, as well as your arm movement, back posture, and how each part of you lines up with the rest as you move.
The goal of this analysis is to see if there are abnormalities in any of these areas that cause you to compensate and reduce the efficiency of your stride. Many painful problems are caused by an imbalance in opposing muscles (large vs. small, up vs. down, left vs. right), or in bone structures (uneven lengths, curvature, etc.). Once we understand what is happening, we can help you find a way to correct it, leading to better performance and less chance of injury.
Let Aadvanced Foot Care Associates perform a gait analysis for you. Call us today at one of our three New York locations: Rego Park (718) 896-4433, Plainview (516) 822-9595, or Flushing (718) 969-2266.