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Twenty Fun Foot Facts 

 

While these foot facts are fun and interesting, they point out how important it is to take great care of your feet.   Many maladies of your feet may point to more substantial health problems.  If ignored, a few of these conditions can create debilitating and life threatening conditions.

  1. Three out of four Americans will experience foot health problems of varying degrees of severity at one time or another in their lives.
  2. There are approximately 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet, and they excrete as much as half a pint of moisture each day.
  3. The foot is an intricate structure containing 26 bones. Thirty-three joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and tendons hold the structure together and allow it to move in a variety of ways.
  4. The 52 bones in your feet make up about one quarter of all the bones in your body.
  5. Women have about four times as many foot problems as men; lifelong patterns of wearing high heels often are the culprit.
  6. The American Podiatric Medical Association says the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. Those cover several miles, and they all add up to about 115,000 miles in a lifetime — more than four times the circumference of the globe.
  7. There are times when you’re walking that the pressure on your feet exceeds your body weight, and when you’re running, it can be three or four times your weight.
  8. Foot FactsYour feet mirror your general health. Such conditions as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in the feet.  Foot ailments can be your first sign of more serious medical problems.
    1. Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in America. It limits everyday dressing, climbing stairs, getting in and out of bed or walking – for about 7 million Americans.
    2. About 60-70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of diabetic nerve damage, which in severe forms can lead to lower limb amputations. Approximately 56,000 people a year lose their foot or leg to diabetes.
  9. Only a small percentage of the population is born with foot problems, the American Podiatric Medical Association believes. It is neglect, and a lack of awareness of proper care — including ill-fitting shoes — that bring on the problems. A lifetime of wear and tear, plus neglect, accounts for the fact that the practices of most podiatrists are made up of older Americans.
  10. Corns and calluses are caused by friction and pressure from skin rubbing against bony areas when wearing shoes. If the first signs of soreness are ignored, corns and calluses rise up as nature’s way of protecting sensitive areas.
  11. Plantar warts are caused by a virus which may invade the sole of the foot through cuts and breaks in the skin. Walking barefoot on dirty pavements or littered ground can expose feet to this sometimes painful skin infection.
  12. About 19 percent of the US population has an average of 1.4 foot problems each year.
  13. About 5 percent of the US population has foot infections, including athlete’s foot, other fungal infections, and warts each year.
  14. About 5 percent of the US population has ingrown toenails or other toenail problems each year.
  15. About 5 percent of the US population has corns or calluses each year. Of the three major types of foot problems (infections, toenails, and corns and calluses), people are less likely to receive treatment for corns and calluses and more likely to continue to have corns and calluses as a problem without treatment.
  16. About 6 percent of the US population has foot injuries, bunions, and flat feet or fallen arches each year.
  17. About 60 percent of all foot and ankle injuries, reported by the US population older than 17, were sprains and strains of the ankle.
  18. As a person’s income increases, the prevalence of foot problems decreases.
  19. Podiatric physicians provide treatment for 82 percent of corn and callus problems, 65 percent of toenail problems, 63 percent of bunion problems, 46 percent of flat feet or fallen arches problems, and 43 percent of toe/joint deformities.
  20. Eighty percent of the population will suffer from back pain due to a problem starting in their feet. This can be caused by biomechanical imbalances, abnormal stresses or structural problems

In this issue of Spavelous “Now You Are In The Know” we will look at:

Twenty Fun Foot Facts

Sole Survival … solving your foot problems

Top 15 tips to Maintaining Happy Healthy Feet

Exercise Your Feet

Steps for a Relaxing Foot Massage

Pedicure Safety

Types of Pedicures

Foot Loose and Fancy Free