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The foot is a rather amazing body part which we unfortunately take for granted

Consider the following:

  • The average individual walks between 150,000-175,000 miles in a lifetime.
  • Each foot can support up to three times your body weight with each step.
  • We stuff our feet in a dark, potentially moist environment — often in poorly fitting shoes.

Most people’s feet get away with this abuse — at least in their youth — relatively unscathed. But just like the rest of the body, our parts wear out.

The feet are often a mirror of the rest of the body’s overall health

Many diseases can initially present in the feet. The small joints of the feet are a perfect target for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gouty arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. Diabetes, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and neuropathy also commonly effect the feet.

These diseases can have significant deleterious effect on the feet and permanently compromise a person’s mobility. Early recognition and treatment can mean the difference between a mobile individual leading a rich active lifestyle and a bedridden person whose activities of daily living are irreparably compromised.

People are mistaken, thinking their feet are not worth a little TLC

Consider the quality of your life without a functional foot. Neglect is not a smart strategy. With a little attention, the feet are more likely to carry us comfortably through a lifetime of use. Proper shoe selection, cognizance to excessive shoe wear, and being proactive in terms of any early warning symptoms you are experiencing, will pay big dividends in your feet’s comfort and longevity.