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Is Your Big Toe Longer Than Your Second Toe?

Tuesday, 28 March 2023 00:00

The toes of the feet are intricate and complicated because they serve essential roles in providing balance and facilitating motion. Some individuals have a second toe that is longer than their big toe. However, if your big toe is longer than your second toe, this can tell you important things about your athletic ability. For example, since the big toe can exert twice as much force as the second toe, having a longer big toe can provide an individual an edge in activities such as skiing and sprinting. Sprinters can benefit because having a firmly grounded big toe enables one to essentially accelerate in a rapid fashion. If you are someone that wants to learn more about the biomechanics of the feet and are curious about how toe length affects athletic ability, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist for an appointment.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Lansing, and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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