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Foot Facts

People punish their feet daily by wearing ill fitting shoes or by walking around on feet that do not function properly. Educate yourself and start improving the health of your feet.

25 % of the bones in the body are in your feet:

Your feet are a complex system of 52 bones, 66 joints, 214 ligaments, 38 muscles and tendons. It is no wonder that 75% of North Americans will experience foot health problems of varying degrees, at some point in their lives.

The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day:

Your feet have an important job; they carry you throughout the day, with every step making an impact on your body. If your foot functions improperly it will have an effect on joints higher up the kinetic chain (your ankle, knee, hip, and spine). This may result in pain or discomfort. Most individuals will seek out medical attention for the symptoms they are experiencing in their joints, but do not realize the source of their pain is their feet.

Spicy food can cause stinky feet & drinking lots of water can help smelly feet.

The right running shoe for you:

If you are active, it is important that you select the right athletic shoe for your sport and for your foot type. With so many choices on the market, you should consult an expert for the best brand and model for your particular foot each time you buy.

60-70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage, often impairing the sensation of the feet:

Foot disease is one of the complications of diabetes. Severe nerve damage in the feet can lead to ulceration and often lower extremity amputations. Early prevention and treatment of foot disease can be managed by effective foot care practices. These practices can include diagnosis of high pressure areas on the diabetic foot and treatment with properly fitted orthotics or footwear.

Some people are born with flat feet, but the majority of flat feet are developed.

While running your feet impact the ground with 3-4 times your body weight.

Many foot conditions (bunions, calluses, corns, etc.) are caused by ill fitting shoes:

Most individuals buy shoes that do not properly fit their feet and that tends to aggravate foot ailments. When shopping for shoes make sure you go in the afternoon – your feet swell during the day. Also bring the proper socks for the style of shoe you will be buying, and if applicable, bring your custom orthotics.  Shoe sizes vary based on the shoe make and style – do not always assume you will be the same size every time.

There are more web sites on the Internet having to do with foot fetishes than with foot health.

Achieving the proper fit:

  • The toe box should have a ton of room; make sure you can wiggle your toes
  • Ensure the width fits properly (your forefoot should never be wider than the shoe)
  • Your heel should be stable within the heel counter
  • The shoes should feel comfortable the moment you try them on
  • Your toe should not hit the front of the shoe when walking downhill

The skin on your feet is 20 times thicker than on any other part of your body!

Heel pain is often a symptom of plantar fasciitis:

It is an inflammation of the fibrous band which runs along the bottom of your foot from your heel bone to your fore-foot called the plantar fascia. Pain is usually worst during the first few steps in the morning. Besides the heel, the pain from plantar fasciitis can also be located in the mid and fore-foot where the plantar fascia attaches.

Women have 4 times the number of problems as men and 80% of women who wear heels will experience foot problems.

Most people’s feet get a little wider, a little flatter and a little longer as they age.