Posts for category: foot health
Did you know that an average active person walks roughly 7500 steps in one day? Multiply that by 365 and see how gigantic a task this seems to become for a year! Yet how many of us take out any time to ensure that our feet are healthy and fit? Barely a handful of people!
Not surprisingly, our feet, which are also one of the most complex body parts in terms of bone and muscle structure, are the most neglected and taken for granted.
There are several conditions that affect our feet; the most common ones include:
- Bunions and other bone deformities
- Fungal nail and skin infections
- Arch pains, muscle tightening or plantar fasciitis
- Injuries, sprains, and fractures
- Nerve damage due to diabetic neuropathy
However, did you know that we humans are not the only ones who can fall prey to these conditions? Recently a baby giraffe in Seattle’s Woodland Zoo was diagnosed with a condition known as “hyperextended fetlocks” in which the rare legs of the giraffe were misaligned, causing it pain and making it difficult for it to walk properly.
Luckily, a team of experts was able to create customized shoes and leg casts to support its feet and lower legs; enabling it to walk in a more stable manner. If it was not for the dedication and hard work of Dr. Tim Storms and a team from Kentucky, that giraffe’s quality of life would have been severely compromised.
It is truly a wonder how many benefits podiatrists are offering us humans and yet we avoid consulting them. Podiatrists can help us adopt a lifestyle that will ensure that our feet are healthy so that we are not deprived of the small pleasures that life has to offer, like walking on the beach, running outdoors, playing sports and merely going from one point to another.
They not only treat and cure foot conditions, but they also prevent long term damage to our feet. So, utilize their services and enjoy your feet (like the baby giraffe did). Schedule your annual foot checkups today with Joseph Stuto, DPM to make sure nothing catches you off guard.
This April, give your feet the care they deserve for bearing the brunt of all our weight and carrying us around all the time. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we are celebrating National Foot Health Awareness Month in honor of our feet.
Here are a few important facts about our feet that you probably were not aware of:
- One foot comprises 10 tendons, 19 muscles, 26 bones, 33 joints, and 107 ligaments.
- On average, a person takes 10,000 steps in one day!
- Our feet have natural shock absorbing capabilities.
- While walking, each foot carries approximately 1.5 times our body weight, which increases to 5 times when we are running.
- Problems with our feet are usually signals of major issues in other parts of the body like diabetes, edema, kidney and liver issues, etc.
- Despite their immense significance, only 2 out of 10 people pay attention to their foot health on a regular basis.
According to our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto, a large number of people suffering from diabetes will not even know that they have any foot condition and are more likely to end up with foot ulcers. Due to poor blood circulation, lack of sensation may occur which means foot ulcers may go unnoticed till their condition worsens severely. If treatment is not sought, they could become infected or, even worse, may require amputation.
Therefore, it is advised to:
- Examine your feet thoroughly on a daily basis.
- Wear proper and comfortable shoes that provide stability, and do not harm your feet with excessive friction or constriction.
- Exercise on a regular basis to improve circulation and enjoy an overall healthy body.
- Massage and compression are beneficial for blood circulation and healing of damaged tissue.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we offer a range of foot health-related services to fulfill your needs and address your concerns. For any queries, visit us in Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights or call us at (718) 567-1403/ (718) 624-7537 to schedule an appointment.