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Biomechanical Dysfunction

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Pain Management and Intervention of Disease Process

Pain caused by biomechanical dysfunction is unique, yet very common. Biomechanical dysfunction of the feet has a long range affect on muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and bones. Biomechanical pain that is properly treated in children, adolescence and young adults may inhibit other disease processes at later stages that may prevent surgical intervention.

Primary Conditions That Facilitate Biomechanical Dysfunction

Biomechanical dysfunction of the feet is a condition caused by the structure of the feet not being properly supported. The most primary cause is the first metatarsal and third metatarsal is not properly stabilized and balanced. This may easily be corrected with generic arch supports or hard plastic 3/4 length orthotics. If there are congenital malformation of the bones, or there has been trauma to tendons and ligaments causing them to weaken or become stretched, a Podiatrist may need to make special prescription orthotics to address congenital malformation of the feet or injuries that have weaken the integrity of the structure of the bones and their correct positioning.

Secondary Conditions Facilitated by Biomechanical Dysfunction

Nerve pain is an indicator that there is a biomechanical dysfunction that should be addressed. Nerve pain may be facilitated primarily by a nerve compression that is directly related to bones compressing nerves from improper alignment or secondary nerve irritation that is a result of constant use of muscles or muscle groups that become inflamed or injured from working while being imbalanced. A good example of this is pronation (turning in) or supination (turning out) of the feet causing the feet to plant improperly in normal walking or running conditions facilitating muscular pain in the legs.

Other secondary conditions that arise from Biomechanical Dysfunction cause damage to tendon, ligaments and bones. These condition usually evolve when nerve pain and muscular pain is ignored. Unfortunately this happens frequently in young athletes, these conditions at some point need surgical intervention.

Biomechanical dysfunction facilitates a structural imbalance causing physical stress to act against tendons, causing tendonitis, an inflamation of the tendons. The tendons respond with inflammation to immobilize the extremities. Some common medical prophylaxis to help manage this pain should never be applied without addressing and correcting the cause of this condition.

Biomechanical dysfunction is able to cause acting forces on ligaments causing them to tear away from the bone. Cruciated ligament surgery is caused primarily from imbalances in the positioning of the tibia and the intra articulation of the femur. This may be prevented by using podiatrically correct orthotics to correct the weight bearing (first metatarsal) and center of gravity the (third metatarsal) of the feet.

Degenerative Arthritus in the knees and hips develop and is the last stage of the physical symptoms that evolve over a period of years facilitated by biomechanical dysfunction. In the first stages the cartilage becomes worn, bursitis may develop and over a period of time the cartilage becomes worn away because of constant physical forces acting against its integrity. Arthritis then develops, most commonly affecting the epiphysis of the tibia. Another area greatly affected by these conditions is the head of the femur, neck of the femur that develop in response to acting forces causing weaknesses due to biomechanical dysfunction.

Prevention of pain and disease process is the best strategy. Early diagnosis and intervention is able to remarkably improve quality of life and inhibit the need for surgical intervention. Stabilizing the weight bearing and center of gravity of the feet is the best way to intervene in pain and disease that evolve from this particular biomechanical dysfunction.

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