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1904 EAST BARNETT RD., MEDFORD, OR 97504
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General Statistics

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

Foot Health

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.

Foot Facts

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.

For more information, call our office at 541-776-3338. If you have any concerns about your foot health, schedule an appointment online today.