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Why Are the Feet Ticklish?

Many individuals may wonder why their feet are often so ticklish and sensitive. The answer is slightly complicated. Essentially, the feet have a significantly high amount of nerve endings. In fact, there are approximately 8,000 nerve endings throughout the feet. Importantly, in each of these nerve endings are receptors for touch and other sensations. The distance between the nerve ending and the outside of the skin is sometimes very small. Therefore, the feet can often be more ticklish than other parts of the body. Interestingly, the degree to which one is ticklish can often vary from person to person. It is important to note that the ticklish sensation itself is thought to be a kind of involuntary response to stimuli. If you want to learn more about what makes the feet ticklish, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist for additional information and treatment options.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Philip Hahn, DPM from Advanced Foot & Ankle Center. 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 our offices located in Texarkana and, Pittsburg, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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