Flashback: Article Published for popular Creation-Evolution News Site
The Perfect Shock Absorber – An Amazing “Feet” of Design
[Guest article] The wonders of the human foot should make you stand up and take notice. The Los Angeles Times reported the findings of two professors, Edward Glaser, a podiatrist from Tennessee, and Dr. Nancy Kadel from the University of Washington.
“It’s ingenious,” says Edward Glaser, a Tennessee podiatrist who switched professions from mechanical engineering to podiatry because of his admiration for the foot’s function. “As a machine, it’s an engineering marvel.”
The foot is built to walk on everything natural – grassy knoll, pine needle forest floor, volcanic rock – uphill and down. It is constantly balancing, changing direction and absorbing a pounding equal to 3.5 times the body’s weight, only to spring back in time for the next step.
With its 26 bones and 33 joints, the foot is a biomechanical masterpiece. “There’s something wonderful about it,” says Dr. Nancy Kadel, professor of orthopedics and sports medicine at the University of Washington. “It’s a flexible shock absorber, then it’s a rigid platform that propels you forward. It adapts to sand when you walk on the beach. Then you climb onto rocks to look at the tide pools, and it drapes over the rocks.”
Despite expressing wonder and awe at such magnificent design, the article soon dips into speculating about its evolutionary origins, claiming that the foot took millions of years to take shape. It cites the Laetoli footprints
(02/03/2006, 07/20/2005, 03/12/2003) and Australopithecus aferensis
(09/20/2006, 04/27/2006) as evidence of ancestral evolution.
Despite the usage of the term design by Dr. Carol Frey, an assistant professor of orthopedics at UCLA, this is yet another example of evolutionists beholding exceptional design yet refusing to
acknowledge its source in an intelligent cause. The article admits, “Gaps in the fossil record don’t allow for pinning down exactly when hominids stood up and walked on two feet,” so it’s unclear why they proceed to assert evolutionary ancestry, or why they cite Laetoli footprints and Australopithecus aferensis as examples of foot evolution.
The Laetoli prints are clearly human footprints. They reveal essentially no difference between the foot that made them and today’s modern foot structure. Fossils of Australopithecus (which evolutionists assert was from about the same time frame) bear no relevance to the evolution of human feet, because whether they walked upright is controversial, based only leg bones, not foot bones. Connecting fossil dots fails to account for exactly how the interoperational complexity of the foot could have evolved. “Ancient” snapshots in time show little or no change. How did the first modern shock-absorbing structure for upright balance come about? Accidental mutations?
All changes would have to be drastic, perfect and simultaneous. As any podiatrist will tell you, one little toe bone out of alignment in the structure of the foot can be very painful. That would most certainly make any hopeful ape considering making the transition from knuckle walking to the “full and upright
position” stop dead in its tracks.