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.



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

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

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, 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 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]

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

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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