Did you know that each of your feet has 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 ligaments?
And they all work together to help you walk run and jump. Each time you take a step, there is a force two to three times the body’s weight on each foot.
All of that weight and pressure can cause problems. To learn five things that you need to know about your feet, keep reading!
1. High heels are a major cause of foot pain for women. These types of shoes originally came from ancient China where women bound their feet in small shoes to make them appear more attractive. That is still going on today, of course, but jamming your forefoot into a high-heeled shoe creates areas of pressure that are bad for your foot.
If you must wear high heel shoes, try to pick heels that are not taller than two inches and only wear them for short periods of time (with breaks) before getting back into shoes with enough room, provide better arch support and do not crush the toes in a small toe-box.
2. Foot pain may be a symptom of another medical problem including :diabetes, lyme disease and multiple sclerosis. Cramping of the feet or legs can be brought on by poor circulation caused by atherosclerosis in the legs. Flattening of the arch with foot pain and swelling can be caused by a degenerative stretching, which could be made worse by being overweight.
3. Most heel and arch pain stems from plantar fasciitis, which is when there is a serious impact on the foot that can stretch the plantar fascia, a fibrous band of tissue that runs from the heel to the toes. Symptoms include: stiffness, inflammation and pain in the arch and heel.
4. Podiatrists (also known as foot doctors) treat foot and ankle problems. A foot doctor may recommend orthotic inserts for shoes, prescribe medication or recommend physical therapy among other treatments. A foot doctor who also performs surgery is a foot surgeon.
5. Surgery is usually a last resort and is only done after medications, physical therapy and wearing properly fitted shoes have not helped enough. Surgery may relieve pain and improve bunions, hammertoes and other conditions
If you have suffer from foot pain, 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.