Have you ever thought how complex your feet are, probably not, but if you do it is amazing that the feet work so well when you consider that they have 26 bones per foot (that is just over 25% of the bones in the human body), 33 joints, along with tendons, muscles, ligaments and 250,000 sweat glands producing about 500mls of moisture every day, all working together to support you, enable you to walk, run and even wear that pair of fantastic heels.
At City Park Podiatry we know that problems with the foot can be the first sign of health issues, such as diabetes, arthritis, nerve and circulatory problems. 75 to 80% of adults have problems with their feet, and women have four times as many problems as men and that the average person takes about 4,000 to 6,000 steps a day?
So looking after your feet is important, as they are the first thing you put your weight on in the morning and the last thing you stand on at night.
“Podiatry or podiatric medicine is a branch of health care devoted to the study, diagnosis, and medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremity.”
The term Podiatry is now replacing Chiropody. It came into use in the early 20th century in the United States and is now used worldwide, including in countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.
Podiatrists are trained to treat the foot and lower limb and to treat conditions such as corns, callus, bunions, athlete’s foot, Ingrowing toenails pain in feet and joints, biomechanical problems.
We are also vitally important in diagnosing problems with the feet caused by diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and other chronic longterm conditions as well as acute complaints such as fractures, sprains & ulceration.