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Growth of Toenails

Learning about the biomechanics of the feet can be significantly beneficial for anyone who takes the health of their feet seriously. One aspect of the biomechanics of the feet that everyone ought to know about is the growth of the toenails. The toenails serve important functions, protecting the toes and providing a hard outer armor. There are six parts of the nail, including the root, nail bed, nail plate, eponychium, paronychium and hyponychium. Compared to fingernails, toenails grow at a slower rate. For example, it can take 12 to 18 months for a completely new toenail to grow from the root of the nail to the tip. If an individual has poor circulation, this might further impede toenail growth. If you are someone that is interested in learning more about the toenails, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Charles Oehrlein, DPM from Hoover Foot Care. Our practitioner 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 our office located in Hoover, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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