In the average lifetime a person will walk about 100,000 miles. This is tough on the feet but the body was designed for moving not standing still. For this factor there are 26 bones, more than 20 muscles, 33 joints, and over 100 ligaments. Do not forget 125,000 sweat glands in each foot, which releases up to ÃÂ½ cup moisture every day.
There are normal changes and abnormal changes in the feet as the body grows older. Some normal changes are as follows: feet become wider and longer, feet flatten due to mild setting of the arches, protective fat pads on the balls and heal thin out, ankles lose some range of motion, and lost of balance. Some abnormal changes are bunions, hammer toes and mallet toes, overlapping toes, calluses, corns and arthritis. Some abnormal changes can be corrected with over the counter orthotics, but if these do not work then seek medical attention.
Feet come in all different sizes and types, some are inherited. But the way feet are used will depend on the problems they have. Shoes should be bought to fit the feet. Most men buy shoes to fit the feet, while most women make shoes fit their feet. So 80% of all feet problems will occur in women. Feet will change size with age and weight and to make sure the right size are being bought have feet measure. One foot will be larger than the other one, so buy shoes to fit the larger one. Do not wear the same pair of shoes every day, for they become damp and fungal infections can develop in damp shoes.
Foot care is preventable throughout life and its never too late to start. Foot disorder can be prevented by regular care and should take about 10 minutes...