Saturday, August 23, 2014

Keeping Happy Feet

According to DaVinci the human foot “a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art. They are the most used and abused part of our body. Sadly most of us in a normal day put on our socks and shoes after which the feet are totally forgotten about.
So, exactly what do you know about your feet. Here are some facts that explain why the feet are so important.

  • A quarter of all the body’s bones are in the feet -52 bones
  • As you walk, each time your heel lifts off the ground your toe carry one half of your body weight.
  • Rarely are two feet are exactly the same
  • Foot disorders are common in the senior population and are a cause of pain, disability, mobility challenges and loss of independence
  • In a lifetime, the average person will walk around 115,000 (imagine walking around the earth four times
  • 75% of Americans will experience foot problems at one time or another in their lives.
  • 3 out of 4 Americans experience serious foot problems in their lifetime.
  • When the bones of the feet are out of alignment, so is the rest of the body.

Facts like these make it important to be aware how to care for your feet, especially proper fitting of shoes and orthotic devices. Recently I discovered there are professionals whose expertise is to evaluate individuals for proper footwear and foot orthoses to help prevent and/or improve conditions of the foot and ankle. Learn more about Pedorthics and what Pedorthist do to help you keep happy feet. Anyone who has ever had aching feet know when your feet hurt your whole body hurts.

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