Our feet have about a quarter of the body’s bones and about 75% of the American population has a serious foot problem at least once in their life. The foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles. With daily use and sometimes not enough proper care, this can add up to a lot of potential problems. Here is a list of some other facts that you might find interesting about your feet.
- Most people are not born with foot problems and these problems usually arise because people tend to stress their feet out more than they should (by wearing high heels, improperly fitting shoes, etc.) Women are documented to have far more foot problems than men especially because of high heels.
- Your feet can show signs of medical problems. Your feet are connected to your whole body so it’s not surprising that they can show that you are having issues with conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, or nerve and circulatory disorders before you notice anywhere else. Swelling, pain, or sore spots that don’t go away are some of the symptoms that you may see.
- Your feet are strong and the amount of force on your feet can equal hundreds of tons on a daily basis. Have you ever imagined what it would be like walking around the entire Earth? The average person will walk about 115,000 miles throughout their life, which equates to about four times the circumference of the Earth.
- Pressure when running on your feet is about four times your body weight. Walking also equates to half of your body weight being supported by each foot. Your feet work hard every day and deserve to be treated properly.
If you want to prevent a lot of foot ailments, it’s good to know how much work your feet are doing. Your feet will benefit greatly from proper footwear, rest, care, and hygiene. (Your feet have about 250,000 sweat glands and they can produce up to half a pint of sweat per day.) If you have any questions about your feet or have any foot or ankle ailments, call us at 703-906-3000 or make an appointment here. Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center has been treating patients in the Centreville, VA area for over 17 years and has an extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff that can help you find the right treatment for your ailment.