Biomechanics is the study of motion in organic systems. Foot biomechanics is the study of foot motion.
Biomechanics and foot biomechanics are relatively new areas of investigation that have resulted in significant inroads into the understanding of musculoskeletal pain.
Following is the progression of the science of foot biomechanics and discoveries made, resulting in effective interventions in eliminating chronic muscle and joint pain.
In the 1960s, podiatrists were amongst the first medical professionals to write about foot mechanics. That is, podiatrists linked abnormal foot motion to pathology in the feet and ankles.
In the early 1970s, I was one of the first researchers to publish papers on abnormal foot pronation and how it is linked to foot pain [1-8]. At the same time, I (and other researchers) started looking at how abnormal foot motion (pronation) can lead to pain in the knees.
In the 1980s and 1990s, I published clinical studies that linked abnormal foot pronation to chronic knee and lower back pain [9-11].
In 2002 , I published a paper describing two common, but previously unknown foot structures, that I linked to the development of postural distortions, which in turn, I linked to the development of chronic musculoskeletal pain, foot to jaw.
In 2006 , I was the first to publish on the link between scoliotic and kyphotic curves in the spines (spinal mechanics) and abnormal foot biomechanics. I also suggested that abnormal foot biomechanics can result in increased tension in the postural muscles in the body.
In 2008 , I was the first person to determine that abnormal pronation can lead to abnormal dental mechanics and can actually change the position of the cranial bones (craniomechanics).
As a result of these discoveries our understanding of biomechanics has dramatically increased, which has led to the development of innovative interventions that effectively eliminate chronic musculoskeletal pain.
As it turns out, the study and effective use of biomechanics and foot biomechanics hold the key to resolving chronic muscle and joint pain!
Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot Structure and the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
As you learn more about my innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
If you would like to make an appointment with me to see if I can help you to permanently eliminate your constant foot pain or chronic musculoskeletal pain, go to: Schedule a Consultation Schedule a Consultation
1. Rothbart BA 1971. Heel spur and heel spur syndrome. Journal American Podiatric Medical Association(JAPMA), 61(5):186-9.
2. Rothbart BA 1972. Clinical treatise on transverse plane dysplasias of the femur and tibia. Journal American Podiatric Medical Association, 62(1):1-14.
3. Rothbart BA 1972. Metatarsus adductus and its clinical significance. Journal American Podiatric Medical Association, 62(5):187-190.
4. Rothbart BA 1972. Nomenclature and its importance in modern podiatry. Journal American Podiatric Medical Association, 62(8):298-302.
5. Rothbart BA 1973. Phasic activity of muscles within the lower extremity. Journal American Podiatric Medical Association, 63(4):129-137.
6. Rothbart BA 1973. Part I. Biomechanical analysis of a normal gait pattern. Journal Canadian Podiatry Association, (3):3-7.
7. Rothbart BA 1973. Part II. Biomechanical analysis of a normal gait pattern. Journal Canadian Podiatry Association, (4):1-12.
8. Rothbart BA 1974. Flexible Vertical Talus Syndrome: Its Relationship to Talipes Equinus, Journal American Podiatric Medical Association, 64(9):697-700.
9. Rothbart BA, Esterbrook L, 1988. Excessive Pronation: A Major Biomechanical Determinant in the Development of Chondromalacia and Pelvic Lists. Journal Manipulative Physiologic Therapeutics 11(5): 373-379.
10. Rothbart BA, Yerratt M. 1994. An Innovative Mechanical Approach to Treating Chronic Knee Pain: A BioImplosition Model. The Pain Practitioner (formerly American Journal of Pain Management) 4(3): 13-18.
11. Rothbart BA, Liley P, Hansen, el al 1995. Resolving Chronic Low Back Pain. The Foot Connection. The Pain Practitioner (formerly American Journal of Pain Management) 5(3): 84-89
12. Rothbart BA, 2002. Medial Column Foot Systems: An Innovative Tool for Improving Posture. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (6)1:37-46
13. Rothbart BA 2006. Asymmetrical Pronation Patterns linked to Thoracic Curves. Biomechanics – The Foot Blog. PICOMM/PIJ Editors, Oct.
14. Rothbart BA 2008. Vertical Facial Dimensions Linked to Abnormal Foot Motion. Journal American Podiatric Medical Association, 98(3):01-08, May.