How much do you really know about your feet? Probably not as much as you think. For example, did you know that your feet account for 25% of the bones in your body? The average person takes at least 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, and when you’re running, the pressure on your feet can be as much as four times your body weight. The point is, your feet are fascinating! What else might you not know? Learn more foot facts in the article excerpt below and how to avoid common foot problems.
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10 Things Podiatrists Wish Everyone Knew About Their Feet
Don't go barefoot in a public shower.
You've heard it before, but it's worth repeating: Gym showers and locker-room floors are a big-time breeding ground for the fungus that causes athlete's foot, so be sure to wear flip flops or water shoes, says Casey Ann Pidich, DPM, an associate at Big Apple Foot & Ankle Care in New York City. Take extra care drying your feet too, working the towel in between your toes. By the same token, if you book a pedicure grab the first appointment of the day when the tubs are likely to be the cleanest. (Here are the 10 worst germ hot spots that you touch everyday.)
Your feet can clue you in to your overall health.
For example, if the hair on your toes suddenly disappears and the skin on your feet gets thinner or shiner, peripheral arterial disease (PAD)—poor circulation caused by a buildup of plaque in the leg arteries—may be to blame, says Amanda Meszaros, DPM, a podiatrist in Oberlin, OH. PAD is a major red flag for heart problems or a stroke since clogged arteries in the legs are usually associated with blockages elsewhere in the body. Also look out for extremely dry skin and foot ulcers that don't heal; they may be triggered by undiagnosed diabetes since high blood glucose levels decrease sweat and oil production, points out Meszaros.
Pointy pumps are the worst.
Shoes that push the big toe into smaller toes set you up for bunions, bumps that form over the bone at the base of the big toe, says Pidich. The skin overlying the bunion may become red, irritated, and swollen, making walking painful. Your ideal high heels: ones with a wide toe box and heels under two inches.
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Your feet are an important part of your body to pay attention to. Proper foot care techniques are crucial to both your foot health and your overall health. If at any time you start to experience chronic foot pain it’s important to get checked out by a qualified podiatrist.
If you’re visiting or living in the New York area, consider scheduling a consultation with a podiatrist in NYC at Adler Footcare. We offer the latest advancements in podiatry for the treatment of foot problems, such as bunions, toenail fungus, misaligned feet, general foot pain, and more.
Learn more about the common foot problems you may be experiencing in the free eBook available for download below. At Adler Footcare, we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.