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Washington, PA 15301
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Our Feet are Amazing!

The way our feet are intricately designed truly makes them a masterpiece. The design and structure of the foot is extremely complex and able to take on the pressures of our lives on a daily basis.

The two feet contain a quarter of all of the bones in the human body. The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and a vast network of tendons, muscles, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels. Our feet serve us in the following ways:

  • They support our weight
  • They act as shock absorbers
  • They help propel the leg forward
  • They provide balance on uneven surfaces

The simple act of walking puts several hundred tons of pressure on your feet which can shed some light on why this amazing part of our body is vulnerable to pain and injury. Foot problems and ailments are extremely common. In fact, it is stated that about 75% of Americans will suffer with foot pain at some point in their lives. The average person takes between 8,000-10,000 steps a day. When you add in poor fitting footwear, certain medical conditions and high impact activities, feet become susceptible to numerous injuries and conditions.

Risk Factors

There are many risk factors that can increase your chance of foot pain or injury. Arthritis, diabetes, obesity, pregnancy, certain medications, sports, type of occupation and age can all contribute to getting foot pain. Some of the common conditions that bring our patients into our office for foot care include:

Prevention is Key in Foot Care

Your feet require special care and attention. Too often, they are not noticed until they hurt and by that time it is often too late. Regular preventative care will go a long way in keeping your feet healthy and happy long term. Being familiar with the common problems for which your feet may be vulnerable and how to best care for your feet are essential pieces of prevention.

Some important tips from the American Podiatric Medical Association for prevention of foot problems include:

  • Don’t ignore pain
  • Inspect your feet for cracks, cuts and changes on a daily basis
  • Wash your feet everyday and dry completely, especially between your toes
  • Trim toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails
  • Wear shoes that fit properly and avoid styles that squeeze your toes or offer little support
  • Avoid going barefoot as this increases the stress on your feet and puts you at risk for injury
  • Be careful with self-treatments at home as they can turn minor problems into serious complications
  • If you have diabetes, take extra caution with your foot care and see a podiatrist on a regular basis, especially with an injury.

Shoes play very important role in foot care as they can promote foot health or increase pain and risk of injury. Your foot structure or having an existing deformity may require a certain style of shoe to protect your feet and keep them healthy long term. Dr. Pinsker can evaluate your feet and provide guidelines to follow when it comes to proper footwear.

Custom orthotics can often be an important part of foot care as well. As specialized inserts for your shoes made specifically for your feet, they can provide support, increase function and improve your foot health.

In order to keep your feet healthy, follow the basic guidelines for foot care and see Dr. Pinsker if you have foot pain, notice a condition getting worse or have any questions or concerns about your feet in general.