Have you ever thought about the role your feet play in everyday life? The 26 bones, 33 joints and 250,000 sweat glands are just a tiny percentage of what makes up your foot.
Healthy feet are vital for well-being and it is only when your feet turn problematic that their importance is appreciated. In an lifetime, the average person walks 100,000 miles carrying half of your body weight through every single step. Your feet are in contact with the ground during walking, sitting, running and standing and it is no wonder that 3 out of 4 people some kind of foot problem during their life. Not only do your feet control your direction and movement, they are also extensions of your legs, back and upper body. Therefore, it is no surprise that having painful feet can also take its toll on the rest of your body.
Countless blood vessels and nerve endings link your feet all the way to the heart, brain and spine. Health problems such as circulation and nerve damage can therefore affect the most vulnerable and dependable aspect of your body, in turn affecting your wellbeing.
In essence, your feet provide the essential platform between the ground that we walk on and between your body, enabling you to simply get from A to B. It is never too early to start looking after your feet and starting good foot health habits and regular checks early on can help you to walk comfortably throughout life. We only get one pair, so look after them well! For top tips on how to look after you feet, take a look at this article or give us a call on 01380 730473 to speak with a Podiatrist.