4 Amazing Facts About Feet

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Your feet are amazing feats of engineering. However, many people fail to appreciate the wonderful job that their feet and ankles perform every day until they suffer an injury or have some other foot or ankle issue.

While your feet are incredible, they are also quite delicate in many ways and subject to injury and disease. So it’s important to have regular visits with your foot doctor to keep your feet in tip-top shape.

Here are 4 amazing foot facts that will help you to appreciate your feet more and hopefully inspire you to take better care of them.

1)    The average healthy individual puts enough miles on their feet in a lifetime to walk around the earth over five times! That’s the equivalent of more than five miles every day!

2)    Almost one fourth of all the bones in your body are in your feet and ankles. There are an astonishing 26 bones in each foot with 33 separate joints. More than 100 tendons, ligaments, and muscles hold everything together.

3)    The largest feet ever measured belong to Orlando Hernandez of Venezuela. His feet measure an amazing 16 inches in length which is a US size 26!

4)    Symptoms of systemic diseases often first show up in your feet and ankles. Peripheral neuropathy is often an early sign of diabetes. Having stiff and painful toe and ankle joints may be early signs of arthritis or a symptom of a gout attack.

Taking good care of your feet will help keep them working well throughout your life. Always see your foot doctor to get the best care for any foot or ankle problems. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions including heel pain, ankle sprains, toe deformities, fungal toenails, and plantar warts. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.