Frequently Asked Questions About Feet

Good foot care is of vital importance to everyone. Physicians like IMC Podiatrist Dr. Mel Colón can help ensure an active, independent and healthy life. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions Dr. Mel Colón is asked. If you have concerns about your feet or would like an evaluation please call today to schedule an appointment. 678.547.0000.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions On Feet

Are foot problems widespread? 

Seventy-five percent of people will experience foot health problems of varying degrees of severity at one time or another in their lives.

What makes feet so susceptible? 

As the foundation of your body, the foot is a structural wonder of the human body. The foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and tendons hold the structure together and allow it to move in a variety of ways. The foot is called upon to carry, balance and support the entire human body.

How many bones are in the feet? 

The 52 bones in your feet make up about one quarter of all the bones in your body.

Do more women have foot problems than men?

Women have about four times as many foot problems as men; lifelong patterns of wearing high heels often are the problem but many foot problems are actually inherited.

How much do people really use their feet?

The average person walks 115,000 miles in a lifetime — more than four times the circumference of the globe.

What happens to your feet as you walk? 

There are times when you’re walking that the pressure on your feet exceeds your body weight, and when you’re running, it can be three or four times your weight.

How can I improve the way I shop for shoes? 

Shopping for shoes is best done in the afternoon.  Your feet tend to swell a little during the day, and it’s best to buy shoes to fit them then. Have your feet measured every time you purchase shoes, and do it while you’re standing. When you try on shoes, try them on both feet; many people have one foot larger than the other, and it’s best to fit the larger one.

What is the best way to trim toe nails? 

Trim your toenails straight across with clippers specially designed for the purpose. Leave them slightly longer than the tips of your toes.

What are the best exercises for feet? 

Walking is the best exercise for your feet. It also contributes to your general health by improving circulation, contributing to weight control and promoting all-around well being.

Can serious symptoms present themselves in feet? 

Your feet mirror your general health as is true of the eye as well. Such conditions as arthritis, diabetes, thyroid disease, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in the feet — so foot ailments can be your first sign of more serious medical problems.

How much sweat do most feet produce in a day? 

There are approximately 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet, and they excrete as much as half a pint of moisture each day.

Does the foot get examined enough by the average person? 

Absolutely not!! The foot, no contest, is the most neglected, ignored, misunderstood, misdiagnosed and improperly treated part of the human body by the public as well as by the medical profession as a whole.

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