The Secrets of Stride: The Crucial Role of Foot and Ankle Biomechanics in Human Mobility

Renowned Foot and Ankle Expert Michael Martindale, PT, Joins Reflex Knee Specialists

Portland, OR – In a groundbreaking move toward improving foot and ankle function, Reflex Knee Specialists proudly introduces Michael Martindale, PT, a seasoned expert with over four decades of experience, to their esteemed provider team. With a rich history of working in the Nike design lab and providing tailored orthotics for professional athletes, Martindale brings a wealth of knowledge that delves deep into the intricacies of foot and ankle biomechanics.

Issues with foot and ankle biomechanics can affect a person’s gait and lead to knee pain or knee injury. At Reflex Knee Specialists, we provide outstanding non-surgical treatment for a variety of knee conditions. He, we explore the relationship between foot and ankle biomechanics and mobility.

 

The Foundation of Mobility: Understanding Foot and Ankle Biomechanics

At the core of human movement lies the intricate interplay of foot and ankle biomechanics. Each step we take involves a complex chain reaction, where the alignment and movement of our feet affect the entire kinetic chain. Pronation, the inward rolling of the foot, and supination, the outward rolling, might seem like subtle motions, but their impact on our overall health and mobility is profound.

When pronation or supination occurs, the force generated during movement isn’t transmitted up the kinetic chain properly. This disruption can lead to various complications, including knee injuries or hip injuries. It’s akin to a domino effect, where a misalignment in the foot can result in discomfort, pain, and reduced quality of life.

 

Michael Martindale: A Trailblazer in Foot and Ankle Care

Enter Michael Martindale, PT, a distinguished expert who has dedicated his career to understanding and optimizing foot and ankle biomechanics. With an illustrious background, including working in the prestigious design lab at Nike, Martindale possesses unique insights into the science of human movement. His expertise goes beyond theory, as he has hands-on experience providing customized orthotics for professional teams and athletes, ensuring peak performance and injury prevention.

One of Martindale’s key contributions to the field is his proficiency in video gait analysis, a sophisticated technique that allows for a comprehensive assessment of an individual’s walking pattern. By analyzing these intricate movements frame by frame, he can pinpoint irregularities and create tailored solutions. This meticulous approach not only alleviates existing pain but also prevents future complications, enabling individuals to lead active and fulfilling lives.

 

Every Step Matters: A Million Opportunities for Better Health

The average American takes over 1 million steps each year. That’s 1 million opportunities for our feet and ankles to impact our overall well-being. By optimizing how the foot transmits force through the ankle, individuals suffering from hip or knee pain can find relief and regain their mobility.

In embracing the nuances of foot and ankle biomechanics, people can take a giant leap toward a healthier, pain-free tomorrow. As each footstep becomes a testament to the power of understanding our body’s mechanics, Michael Martindale, PT, and Reflex Knee Specialists want to help patients take every step with comfort and confidence.

 

Get Medical Care to Keep You Moving

If you’re suffering from pain and looking for a solution, you should reach out to the team at Reflex Knee Specialists. We treat patients of all ages using modern methods based on extensive medical research to help them get back to living life to the fullest. To schedule an appointment or learn more about supplements for knee pain, contact us today or call 503-719-6783.

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