Many people think their feet are not that important. Click below to read some fun facts about feet just to show you how important they are and why taking care of your feet is essential.
- A human foot and ankle is a strong mechanical structure that contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments
- The 52 bones in your feet make up ¼ of all the bones in your body
- Your foot’s sole has more sensory nerve endings and sweat glands per square centimeter than any other part of the body.
- Women are 4x more likely to have foot problems than men are.
- A 2 ½ inch heel can increase the load on the forefoot by 75%
- 9 out of 10 women wear shoes that are too small for their feet.
- The American Podiatric Medical Association states that the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps/day. That adds up to 115,000 miles in a lifetime, more than 4x the circumference of the globe
- 75% of Americans will experience foot problems at one point in their lives
- About 60-70% of diabetics will develop some form of diabetic nerve damage, which in severe forms can lead to diabetic lower limb amputation
- Approximately 56,000 people/year lose their foot or leg due to diabetic complications.
- The most expensive shoes ever were Dorothy’s shoes from the Wizard of Oz, sold for $660,000
- Compared to fingernails, toenails grow much slower-about 1mm/month
- Plantar fasciitis (heel pain) affects about 10% of the US population
- Walking is the best exercise for your feet. It contributes to your general health by improving circulation and weight control
- Cigarette smoking is the biggest cause of peripheral vascular disease (disease of the arteries of the feet and legs) which often leads to pain with walking, ulceration, and infections.
- The pressure on the feet when running can be as much as 4x the runner’s body weight.
- More than ½ of the women in America have bunions.
Dr. Schilero joined the Paley Institute in 2016 after completing her residency in foot and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery at West Houston Medical Center. She has completed a fellowship with Dr. Paley and performs specialized treatments for a variety of foot and ankle conditions. She also specializes in an innovative approach to complex wounds.
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