It’s often amazing how much we don’t know about our own bodies, including our feet.
While we don’t have to go to medical school, it wouldn’t hurt us to know more about our feet in order to take better care of them and get them the care they need.
To learn five things about your feet, keep reading!
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1. Each of your feet has 26 bones (19 in the toes), 33 joints and more than 100 ligaments. This all helps your feet to bend, twist and flex while walking, running and jumping.
Each time you take a step, two to three times the body’s weight comes down on the foot; this is tripled when running or jumping.
2. A major cause of foot pain among women are high heels. This is because when women push their feet into a small high-heeled shoe, this creates areas of excessive pressure on the foot.
High heel shoes can aggravate bunions, can cause corns and hammertoes, and can contribute to knee osteoarthritis. Women should wear high heels rarely, but when they do, try to look for heels that have a wide and/or open toe box. The heels should not be higher than two inches. Shoes should be bought based on comfort and fit.
3. Foot pain can be a symptom of another medical problem, such as Lyme disease or multiple sclerosis. Cramping in the feet or legs can be caused by poor circulation via atherosclerosis in the legs. Foot discomfort, less sensation (feeling) in the foot and infections may be symptoms of diabetes.
4. Most heel and arch pain stems from plantar fasciitis, which is a stretch of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs from the heel to the toes. Symptoms are stiffness, inflammation and pain that are usually felt in the arch of the foot and on the bottom of the heel.
Stretching of the Achilles and the plantar fascia is a good option. Rest and limiting your activities can also be helpful.
5. Surgery on your foot is usually a last resort. Surgery may relieve pain and improve function and quality of life for a variety of ailments, including bunions, hammertoes, flat foot and arthritis of the ankle or foot.
If you have foot pain that is persistent and won’t go away, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.
Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi about your foot and/or ankle needs.