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Think for a just a second the amount of times you use your feet while you practice any physical activity. We do boosts, jump, run, or we simply walk with our feet, the part of the body that takes much of the sports effort.

The footsteps and the way in which we set our feet on the ground have a direct relation with our sports performance. In addition, we must keep in mind that any small defects during the track may result in an injury.

The human foot and ankle are a complex mechanic structure made up of 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons. This complexity allows the foot to have the ability to move and take on much of the damping of our body, which is necessary to not wound any other body part like for example the knee.

To get an idea, when a person runs, they may load into their setting foot up to 3-4 times their weight, effort that is taken due to elastic dome of our feet and their mobility. In fact, feet protect the rest of the musculoskeletal system of the majority of impacts that occur during the sport practice.

A brief summary:

  • Approximately 50% of the amateur runners will suffer any injury practicing the sport.
  • Many of these injuries are located in the foot or a related cause.
  • The second half of the support foot takes up to 250% of the body weight.
  • These forces are within the limits of the resistance threshold of the tissue and bone structures of the foot, causing microtrauma.
  • It is important to know in detail which parts of the foot are those which support the highest pressures and which therapeutic strategies can be adopted to reduce those pressures.

And how can we protect effectively our feet? Using a computerized biomechanical study at the same time. This study allows any athlete to know possible defects during the execution of the tread, which, along with recommendations and treatments of a podiatrist, prevent injuries. It's a mandatory practice for elite athletes, and of course it is intended for anyone who begins practicing a sport, especially for all those who made it intensely or professionally.

This system, together with an analysis of tread in static, dynamic position and posture, enables the podiatrist to diagnose an insole according to your needs. And this is an important point, because the insole must be perfectly adapted to the treatment that your foot needs.

The insole must allow the mobility of the foot during the exercise, but must be made of the appropriate material. A very hard insole will limit the foot buffer capacity, while a very soft can transmit instability to the knee, which can result in major damage to the cartilage and meniscus.

Podocenter has advanced technology, professional experience and the appropriate treatment to prevent these and other injuries. Do not hesitate to ask for an appointment, and if you have any other questions feel free to contact us. We are your clinic of podiatry in Malaga and Marbella.