Foot Care Facts

  • 3 out of 4 Americans experience serious foot problems in their lifetime.
  • The foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles.
  • 1/4 of all the bones in the human body are down in your feet. When these bones are out of alignment, so is the rest of the body.
  • Only a small percentage of the population is born with foot problems.
  • It's neglect and a lack of awareness of proper foot care - including ill fitting shoes - that bring on problems.
  • Women have about four times as many foot problems as men. High heels are partly to blame.
  • Walking is the best exercise for your feet. It also contributes to your general health by improving circulation, contributing to weight control, and promoting all-around well being.
  • Your feet mirror your general health. Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in the feet - so foot ailments can be the first sign of more serious medical problems.
  • Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in America. It limits everyday dressing, climbing stairs, getting in and out of bed and walking - for about 7 million Americans.
  • About 60-70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of diabetic nerve damage, which in severe forms can lead to lower limb amputations. Approximately 56,000 people a year lose their foot or leg to diabetes. This is why arming yourself with diabetic foot care facts is important.
  • There are 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet. Sweat glands in the feet excrete as much as a half-pint of moisture a day. Because of this and for proper shoe care, allow 24 hours between wearings for a pair of shoes.
  • Walking barefoot can cause plantar warts. The virus enters through a cut.
  • The two feet may be different sizes. Buy shoes for the larger one.
  • About 5% of Americans have toenail problems in a given year.
  • The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles over a lifetime. That's enough to go around the circumference of the earth four times.
  • There are currently more websites on the Internet having to do with foot fetishes than with foot health.

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR FOOT CONDITION

Achilles Tendonitis
Achilles tendonitis causes inflammation and degeneration of the achilles tendon... [more]

Arch Pain / Strain
An inflammation and/or burning sensation at the arch of the foot... [more]

Arthritis
Arthritis is a disease characterized by the inflammation of the cartilage and lining of the body's joints.... [more]

Bunions
A bunion is a prominent bump on the inside of the foot around the big toe joint... [more]

Calluses
Calluses are caused by an accumulation of dead skin cells that harden and thicken over an area of the foot... [more]

Claw Toes
A claw toe is a toe that is contracted at the PIP and DIP joints, and can lead to severe pressure and pain... [more]

Corns
Corns, such as calluses, develop from an accumulation of dead skin cells on the foot, forming thick, hardened areas... [more]

Diabetic Foot
Diabetes disrupts the vascular system, affecting many areas of the body such as the eyes, kidneys, legs, and feet... [more]

Hammer Toes
A hammer toe is a toe that is contracted at the PIP joint, potentially leading to severe pressure and pain... [more]

Heel Fissure
Heel fissures, also known as cracked heels can be a simple cosmetic problem and a nuisance, but can also lead to serious medical problems... [more]

Heel Pain
Heel pain is a common condition, in which weight bearing on the heel causes extreme discomfort... [more]

Heel Spur
A heel spur develops as an abnormal growth of the heel bone... [more]

HIV & Your Feet
People with AIDS often develop peripheral neuropathy that leads to insensitivity, stiffness, and numbness in the feet... [more]

Ingrown Toe Nails
Ingrown toe nails are a common, painful condition that occur when skin on one or both sides of a nail grows over the edges of the nail or... [more]

Mallet Toes
A mallet toe occurs when the joint at the end of the toe cannot straighten... [more]

Metatarsalgia
Metatarsalgia is a general term used to denote a painful foot condition in the metatarsal region of the foot... [more]

Morton's Neuroma
Morton's Neuroma is a common foot problem associated with pain, swelling and/or an inflammation of a nerve... [more]

Morton's Toe
A common forefoot disorder where the second toe is longer than the Big Toe... [more]

Neuropathy
Diabetic Neuropathy is a complication of diabetes that affects the peripheral nerves in particular... [more]

Overlapping Toes
Overlapping toes can occur in any of the toes and can cause extreme irritation... [more]

Over-Pronation (Flat Feet)
Overlapping toes can occur in any of the toes and can cause extreme irritation... [more]

Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation caused by excessive stretching of the plantar fascia... [more]

Post-Tib Tendonitis
Post-Tib Tendonitis is a strain placed on the posterior tibial tendon... [more]

Pregnancy
Pregnancy triggers many different changes in a woman's body. Many women have common complaints throughout their pregnancy... [more]

Sesamoiditis
Sesamoiditis is a common ailment that affects the forefoot, typically in young people who engage in... [more]

Shin Splints
Shin splints are a common lower extremity complaint, especially among runners and other athletes... [more]

Toenail Fungus
Fungus infections occur when microscopic fungi gain entry through a small trauma in the nail, then grow... [more]

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