The human foot is a highly specialized structure containing 26 relatively small bones, more than 150 ligaments and an intricate network of muscles, nerves and blood vessels.
75% of Canadians will experience foot problems at some time in their lives. Incidence varies with age. Over 50% of people over the age of 50, and approximately 35% between the ages of 18-24.
Standing in one spot is far more tiring than walking. The reason for this is that demands are being made on the same few muscles for a length of time.
The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles over a lifetime.
Mobility is important in life, regardless of age. Don’t underestimate the importance of healthy feet! Foot deformities, infections and injuries not only limit your mobility, but can negatively affect your knees, hips, and other parts of the body.
Women have about four times as many foot problems as men. High heels are partly to blame. The two feet may be different sizes. Buy shoes for the larger one.
During an average day of walking, the total forces on your feet can total hundreds of tons. Equivalent to the average weight of a cement truck fully loaded!
Walking barefoot can cause plantar warts. The virus enters through a cut.
Your feet mirror your general health. Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in the feet – so foot ailments can be your first sign of more serious medical problems.