Our feet are intricately designed to give them strength and allow for flexibility. There are 26 bones in each foot. These bones bilaterally comprise 1/4 of all the bones in the body. Thirty-three joints, and over a hundred ligaments, muscles and tendons hold the structure together and allow it to move in a number of different ways.
Together, our feet absorb approximately 1000 tons of force a day. The average person travels the distance around the world approximately 3 times in a lifetime. On average, men travel 7 miles, and women 10 miles, on foot each day. A person is often identified by their footsteps as no two people walk alike, and no two feet are exactly alike.
Millions experience some form of foot discomfort in their lifetime and accept it as a part of life or one of the consequences of aging, and do nothing about it. Foot problems can indicate problems in other parts of the body, and problems in other parts of the body can affect our feet. For example, pain in the hip or knee may cause the favouring of one leg, and putting excessive weight on it. Correcting foot problems can favourably affect other parts of the body.
Golden Rule For Feet: Be good to them, and they’ll be good to you!
Proper foot care is especially important for diabetics, those with poor circulation, and the elderly.