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Did you know?

Each foot contains 19 muscles and tendons, 26 bones, 33 joints and 107 ligaments

Lateral foot

These all hold the foot together and allow it to move in a variety of ways. (Source: American Podiatric Association)

Walking is the best exercise for your feet. It also helps to contribute to your general health by:
  • improving circulation
  • contributing to weight control, and
  • promoting all round well being

The average person will walk Medial footaround 128,000 km over a life time.  That’s enough to go around the circumference of the earth three times!

There are 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet.  These sweat glands excrete as much as 500ml per day - that's 3.5 litres of sweat every week!

Therefore it is important that you look after your feet as they work hard for you each and every day.

Both your feet are rarely exactly the same

It is rare that two feet are exactly the same; one of them is often larger than the other. A survey conducted by the Pedorthic Footwear Association of the USA in 1982 of 6000 adult males and females in 23 cities, showed that they all had mismatched feet. [Source: Pedorthic Footwear Association of USA].

So what are the things that you need to be aware of?

  • Only a small percentage of the population is born with foot problems
  • It is neglect, lack of awarenessand proper care, including ill-fitting shoesthat can bring on problems
  • It is best to purchase footwear in the afternoon, as feet tend to swell later in the day
  • If you put on weight, the bone and ligament structure of your feet may change
  • You should get your shoe size and style rechecked to ensure that the shoes you’re wearing (or buying) are still appropriate for your feet.

Older feet naturally develop more problems

  • The skin tends to become thin and lose its elasticity
  • Healing can take longer and wear and tear to the joints over the years may have caused some degree of arthritis

Alot can be done to improve comfort, relieve pain and maintain mobility. [Source: The Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists UK]

Attend to foot complaints early - as it may save you discomfort and serious problems in the future.. remember, your feet have to last you a lifetime.

A study by the American Foot and Ankle Society in 2001 revealed that 88% of women were wearing shoes that were too small. Of this same population, 55% had bunions.

This means that there is the potential to experience a loss of pain sensation due to nerve damage, known as neuropathy. This is usually due to a reduction in blood flow to the feet. Without the gift of pain to tell us that something is wrong, a small cut can develop into an infected wound very quickly.

Although it sounds innocuous, failing to regularly and carefully check the soles of your feet if you suffer from diabetes - or any other medical condition that means your feet are classed as ‘high risk’ – could be the difference between life and death.

Reduced blood flow to a small cut or wound on your foot can take a long time to heal. If the infection is very bad, amputation is the only answer.

In the time that it takes you to read this sentence, somebody in the world will have had an amputation below the knee (toe, partial foot or worse) due to an infection caused by having diabetes.

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