As you stand up and walk around over the course of the day, your feet work tirelessly to support the rest of your body. Unfortunately, feet are also prone to developing a number of issues that can impact your mobility.
The North Hill Foot & Ankle Clinic wants to help Calgarians live happy, healthier lives, starting from the ground up. So, we've put together this blog to help you take better care of your feet. In it you'll find informative articles on proper foot care, interesting infographics and plenty of tips and tricks to keep your feet happy!
You don't remember how you did it, but it happened. Your foot is absolutely killing you, and has been for a couple days. In past cases you've been able to just walk it off, so to speak, but this injury doesn't seem to be going away any time soon.
Did you know that foot problems will affect approximately 75% of Americans throughout their lifetime? One of the most common foot problems that people have is flat feet, with nearly 60 million Americans, or 6% of the population, suffering from this ailment.
About 60 million Americans have flat feet, but this condition—however common—is often misunderstood. It may surprise you to know that nearly everyone has flat feet as a child; the longitudinal arch doesn’t develop until between the ages of 3 and 5.
Did you know that your feet contain about a quarter of the total number of bones in your body? With that many tiny bones and all the joints they form, it’s no surprise that three-quarters of Americans will have some problems with foot health in their lives.
The bone that forms the heel is only one of many bones in the feet—in fact, your feet contain about 25% of the 206 bones in your entire body. In addition to these bones, your feet contain more than a hundred muscles, tendons and ligaments. Altogether, that adds up to quite a bit of potential for something to go wrong.
Given that the feet contain 25% of the total bones in the body, it should be no surprise that about 75% of Americans have foot problems of some kind during their lives. But those problems are sometimes more severe and far-reaching than occasional pain, especially when people with structural problems in their feet engage in sports or strenuous activity.
Foot pain is extremely common, experienced by about 75% of Americans to some degree at some point in their lives—a fact that should come as no surprise, given that feet contain about a quarter of the total bones in the human body (250,000 sweat glands, too). That pain often presents itself in the front and back of the foot.
Your feet are probably one of the most underappreciated yet overworked parts of your body. In total, they have more bones than any other body part, and they contain approximately 250,000 sweat glands. Because feet are a lot more complex than you might give them credit for, they can also be susceptible to serious problems.
About 75% of Americans have foot health problems to some degree at some point in their lives, which means it’s a good idea to be familiar with some common problems. That way, you can deal with them effectively should you experience them. Among these common problems are plantar warts, hard growths on the soles of the feet.
Foot problems are extremely common, which isn’t surprising when you think about all the work feet do on a regular basis—not to mention all the ways people mistreat their feet, such as by wearing bad shoes. In fact, around 75% of Canadians will have foot health problems of some kind during their lives.
Foot and ankle injuries are common—with about 75% of Canadians having foot health problems occur at some point during their lives—but many of these injuries heal relatively quickly. About 60% of foot and ankle injuries reported by Canadians age 17+ are ankle strains and sprains, which generally don’t cause chronic problems if allowed to heal properly in the first place. And some data shows that among patients who see their general physicians with foot complaints, about 20% simply have an ingrown toenail (something easily treated by a podiatrist).
Ankle and foot injuries can seriously inhibit everyday function and fitness activities. What's worse, they’re extremely common. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, especially in the context of running or playing sports; the stress placed on each foot may be 1.25 times our body weight when walking, experts say, and 2.75 times our body weight when running. That means that a tiny mistake in placement can lead to a seriously strained or sprained ankle (these are the most common types of ankle injuries, accounting for roughly 60% of all foot and ankle problems among Canadians older than 17).