Compliments of Raines Foot Clinic
It was Leonardo da Vinci who said, “The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.” Did you know that the feet contain almost 25% of the bones in the human body (52 out of 206)? Each foot is made up of 26 different bones. There are 33 joints, 19 muscles and 107 ligaments in each foot. Complex biomechanics keep all these parts in the right position and moving together. Given these intricacies, it is not surprising that most people will experience some problem with their feet at some time in their lives.
A podiatrist spends years studying the foot and ankle. No doctor knows the anatomy of the foot better. Most doctors gloss over the foot in their medical training because it is so complex. Understanding the structure of the foot and how the bones and joints work together to allow us to walk, run and jump is not to be taken lightly. It has been said many times, “When your feet hurt you hurt all over.” If you have had foot pain, you know just how true that statement is. A podiatrist can help. A podiatrist is the expert when it comes to foot and ankle care.
Fast Facts on Podiatry
• There are an estimated 15,000 podiatrists practicing in the United States.
• Podiatrists receive a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) degree.
• Doctors of podiatric medicine receive basic and clinical science education and training comparable to that of medical doctors, including four years of undergraduate education, four years of graduate study at one of the nine podiatric medical colleges, and two or three years of hospital-based, post-graduate residency training.
• Podiatric medicine is to the foot and ankle what ophthalmology is to the eye and cardiology is to the heart.
• Each foot is made up of an intricate network of over 100 tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
• Every step places 1.5 times your body weight of pressure on your foot (a 150-pound person places 225 pounds of pressure on the foot with every step).
• The average person walks 5,000 to 7,000 steps a day. The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) estimates that the average person will walk nearly 100,000 miles in a lifetime, between three to four times the earth’s circumference.
• Nearly eight in 10 Americans have experienced foot problems as a result of wearing uncomfortable or ill-fitting shoes.
• The most reported foot ailments among Americans are heel pain, blisters, and ingrown toenails.
• Heel pain is the most common foot ailment, with 43 percent of Americans experiencing this condition within the past year.
• Six in 10 (60%) Americans who have experienced heel pain over the past year also have had trouble performing life’s daily activities.
• Other common foot ailments Americans have experienced within the past year include pain in the balls of the feet (35%), nail problems (33%), and sweaty feet or foot odor (32%).
• Nearly three quarters (73%) of Americans have suffered from dry, rough, cracked, or irritated skin on their feet.
• Only a quarter (25%) of Americans who have experienced foot ailments have seen any sort of physician about their problem, and less than half that amount (12%) have visited a podiatrist.
• Americans ages 50 and older who have experienced foot ailments have seen podiatrists more often than their 18- to 49-year-old counterparts (20% vs. 7%).
• Almost four in 10 (39%) Americans who have experienced foot ailments rely on over-the-counter and self-treatments for relief. Of this group, three in 10 (30%) choose to do nothing to relieve their ailing feet.
• The most common barriers to foot care include a lack of medical insurance (32%) and money (22%).
So the next time your feet hurt, remember foot pain is not normal. If you or someone you know is experiencing foot or ankle problems, call Raines Foot Clinic for an appointment or consultation with our Union City office at 731-885-0220 or our Dyersburg office at 731-286-2139.