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Biomechanics involve how the movements of your lower limbs and feet affect the rest of your body.  When the feet aren’t working correctly, you may experience injuries and pains in other areas of the body beside your foot, such as the knees, hips and back.  Even the slightest changes, such as leg length discrepancies or fallen arches, can have a huge impact on your entire body’s ability to function properly without pain or injury.  

If you’re an athlete, many sport-related injuries develop from poor biomechanics of the foot. Athletes with poor foot mechanics are more prone to sustaining lower extremity injuries.   As your body tries to compensate for any anomalies, your muscles, joints and tendons are placed under excessive stress.

It’s important that athletes visit their Sammamish podiatrist for athorough assessment of their biomechanics at the first sign of a problem or pain, including footdiscomfort, poor balance, or unexplained corns and calluses. An assessment of your low limbs will help identify what happens in your legs and feet when you walk, stand and run.   A professional evaluation is critical for successful prevention and treatment of any injury or condition. 

Many sport injuries can be traced back to biomechanical problems including:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Shin splints
  • Calluses and corns
  • Plantar fasciitis

Once Howard Schaengold, DPM has identified the problem and cause of your pain, a tailor made treatment plan can be created to restore your lower extremities and feet back to their normal function, thus improving your game. Treatment may involve one or more of the following:

  • Exercises and therapy to stretch or strengthen muscles
  • Orthotic devices that are worn inside the shoe to control, realign or cushion the abnormalities, thus reducing discomfort
  • Footwear modifications

Don’t let poor foot biomechanics compromise your game. Whether you are a full-time athlete or the weekend warrior, your podiatrist can help you return to your favorite sport activity. Not only will performance improve, but injuries will also be significantly reduced with proper treatment.

By Howard Schaengold, DPM
February 01, 2012
Category: Foot Care

Unstable AnkleChronic ankle instability (unstable ankle) is a condition characterized by a recurring “giving way” of the outer side of the ankle.  It most often develops following an ankle sprain. When the stretched or torn ligaments do no heal properly or completely, ankle instability is often the result.

If you have chronic ankle instability, you may find it difficult to walk on uneven surfaces. Other symptoms include a repeated turning of the ankle during physical activity, tenderness, and persistent discomfort and swelling.

Treatment for an unstable ankle will depend on the degree of instability.  Bracing, medications and physical therapy are all conservative treatment options that may help strengthen your weakened ankle.  Often patients with ankle instability can be treated without surgery by strengthening the muscles that control the ankle joint; avoiding and or limiting high impact activities; and using a supportive brace to decrease the risk of recurrent ankle sprains.

In severe cases or when conservative treatments aren’t successful, your podiatrist may recommend surgery, which involves repair or reconstruction of the damaged ligaments.

If your ankle feels unstable or if you have had recurring ankle sprains, visit Howard Schaengold, DPM for an evaluation.  Left untreated, chronic ankle instability leads to activity restrictions, tendon complications, arthritis and continued instability.  Our Sammamish podiatrists can provide a recommended treatment plan based on the severity of your instability so that you can get back to the activities you enjoy.