“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art”
Leonardo da Vinci
Since taking our very first steps, we rely on our feet every day for so much. But how much do you know about them?
- Each foot is made up of 100 moveable parts, including 26 bones and 20 muscles.
- With every mile you walk, you shift about the same weight as a blue whale.
- The average person walks around 150,000 miles if their lifetime, that’s more than four times around the Earth!
Look after your feet
Our feet are incredible. And it’s easy to take them for granted. We only have one pair, so we owe them our attention. Here are five common foot problems that you may be able to manage yourself at home, however, if things don’t improve quickly it’s best to seek help from a Podiatrist.
Can be debilitating, affecting walking and posture. It can affect anyone at any age. Well-fitting shoes with good cushioning and a slight heel can help. Avoid exercising on hard ground and do regular calf stretches.
A fungal infection which can occur on dry flaky areas as well as in-between the toes. Can affect anyone, but more common when wearing the same shoes continuously. Wash and dry the area well and use an anti-fungal cream like Lamisil.
A bony lump on the side of your foot where the big toe angles excessively towards the next toe. More common in women, but it is hereditary, not caused by footwear. Ease discomfort by choosing wider shoes, avoid high-heels and try to wear shoes with a lace or buckle.
Corns and calluses
Hard, thickened areas of skin, caused in response to rubbing, friction or pressure on the skin. Can affect anyone but may be caused by badly fitting shoes or a mechanical problem in the way the foot moves. Filing or sanding hard areas can ease discomfort and use of moisturiser can help to soften the hard skin.
Develops when the side of a toenail pierces through the flesh of the toe, making it red, inflamed and painful. Can affect anyone, but more usually those who cut their nails incorrectly, leaving spikes of nail at the sides. Cut nails straight across to avoid this.
What is Podiatry?
Podiatry is the field of medicine that specialises in assessing, diagnosing and treating conditions of the foot and lower limb. You should visit a Podiatrist if your feet hurt, if your foot symptoms are getting worse or if you want to prevent a foot problem.
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