Fun Facts for Foot Health Awareness Month
At FL Foot Health, we’re always all about foot and ankle health, but during April, we especially recognize National Foot Health Awareness Month. Below are some facts about your feet that you may not know and suggestions for how to take better care of them for a lifetime of active living.
FACT: Your feet contain 52 bones, 66 joints, 214 ligaments and 38 muscles. Pretty amazing for a small package, right? These complex structures require regular exercise to keep them in the best working order, maintain range of motion and balance. Walking is the simplest and best fitness activity for your feet. Good nutrition that supports bone health (such as a diet that is rich in calcium, leafy greens, vitamin D and fortified foods) is an important part of caring for your feet.
FACT: Did you know that your feet often act as an “early warning system” for the rest of your body? Many systemic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, nerve and circulatory problems often first show symptoms in your feet. That’s why regular checkups with the podiatrist are important. Don’t have a podiatrist? Let us help you find a qualified one in your area through our online directory.
FACT: There are an incredibly large number of sweat glands in your feet—approximately 250,000. They can produce as much as a cup of moisture a day. But damp feet can have a downside. They create a breeding ground for bacterial and fungal infections. If your feet sweat excessively, consider using a foot powder to help keep them dry and carry along an extra pair of socks in your bag to change into when you notice your feet feel damp.
FACT: Studies show that about 75% of the population will have foot problems at some point in their lives. Women experience four times as many foot disorders as men. This correlates to their footwear fashions. Spending long periods of time in high heels (over 2 inches) can lead to several foot problems such as bunions and hammertoes.
FACT: Your podiatrist is trained to provide medical and surgical solutions to podiatric problems. They can also help correct biomechanical dysfunction through the use of custom orthotics. These can be used to treat flat feet, bunions and heel pain, as well as other conditions.
To learn more about your feet, contact us.