Foot and Ankle Problems
Foot and ankle problems can begin from a wide variety of sources. Some of the main causes of ankle problems include:
- Improper footwear or physical stress
- Arthritis in a joint
- Hereditary foot problems and formations
- Tumors that come about as a result of abnormal growth
- Trauma caused to the foot or ankle
Here are some statistics gathered on the general well-being of feet over the lifespan of the population.
- Three in four Americans experience issues in their foot health at one or more points in their lives.
- The feet have been known to mirror the general health of the entire body. Diabetes, arthritis, and other disorders commonly display symptoms in the feet.
- About 56,000 people a year lose a foot or leg to diabetes.
- Very few people are born with foot conditions. Neglect and a lack of awareness are usually the catalyst for foot health problems.
- People tend to have one foot larger than the other. They should buy shoe according to the comfort of the bigger foot.
- Toenails grow more quickly in hot weather, during pregnancy, and in teenagers.
- Communal showers are a prime location for acquiring foot conditions such as athlete’s foot and plantar warts.
- Type 2 diabetes has a 60% prevention rate upon adopting a healthy and active lifestyle.
- Nearly 85% of diabetic foot problems can be prevented with increased education and awareness.
There are certain facts and tips you should know about your feet to provide the best treatment for them.
- 25% of all of your bones are in your feet.
- There are over quarter of a million sweat glands in the feet.
- Foot odor is produced by the decomposition of proteins in the skin due to an excessive amount of sweat.
- The skin of the foot is 20 times thicker than the rest of the body.
- When running, the pressure on your feet can multiply to three or four times that of your body weight.
- The average person takes about 8000 steps a day. By the end of your life you will have walked 115,000 miles- enough to walk around the globe four times!
- On average, women walk three more miles a day than men.
- Women are four times more likely to develop foot problems than men.
The History of the Shoe
- The shoe has been through many transformations over history and will continue to do so in our lifetime.
- The first known shoes are believed to have been made five million years ago and from animal skins.
- The Romans were the first civilization to create a unique shape for both the right and left shoes.
- Shoe sizes were made under the rule of King Edward II of England and are still used today.
- It’s also important to note that foot generally increases two sizes when standing as opposed to sitting.
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