Did you know?
For most of us, our feet are just something we walk on, but read on for some fascinating podiatry and foot facts.
- Podiatrist comes from the Greek ‘pod’ meaning foot and ‘iatreia’ meaning healing, thus, one who heals feet.
- The average person walks about 115,000 miles during their lifetime - that means we have to protect our feet and keep them in tip-top condition.
- 70% of foot problems are caused by inappropriate and ill-fitting footwear.
- A 1/4 of all the body's bones are in the feet.
- The foot contains 26 bones, over 30 small joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels, and they all need to work together to keep you moving.
- When walking, each time your heel lifts off the ground it forces the toes to carry one half of your body weight.
- Walking is the best exercise for your feet. It contributes to your general health by improving circulation and weight control.
- Feet can actually be one of the first places to show signs of conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease and diabetes.