Five Facts About Feet
Five facts about feet:
1. Sporting activities, even just walking, running and jumping, place great physical demands on the body. Your feet can absorb up to 3 times your body weight while you are running. Injuries to the foot and lower ankle make up a large proportion of sporting injuries.
2. The older we get the more prone we are to injury and disease. Studies show that by age 50, we are 80% more likely to develop arthritis in the foot and ankle. We are also 100% more likely to develop toe and joint deformities.
3. Children’s feet are still forming as they grow and they can be very fragile. Children’s feet can easily be damaged by shoes or socks that are too small. Children should have their feet examined at an early age as a preventative measure.
4. Working feet carry an enormous load. Some of us cover many miles in a day while at work. Some people also lift heavy loads, run and jump on and off of machinery, or get in out of cars repeatedly. That can be very taxing on our feet and ankles. Research has shown that workplace foot problems, including those related to ill-fitting or inappropriate footwear are common and almost 20% of all workplace injury claims relate to foot and toe injuries.
5. People with diabetes have a higher risk of developing serious foot problems. That is because they are more likely to experience reduced blood circulation and nerve degeneration in their feet and legs, which contributes to a reduced ability to heal wounds and fight infections. Regular check-ups with a podiatrist and daily foot inspections at home are vital to diabetic foot care.
If you are suffering from a foot or ankle problem and would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
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