Feet are said to be the "mirror" of an individual's health because medical problems such as arthritis and circulatory disorders often reveal their symptoms in the lower extremities. Serious consequences can arise without proper examination, diagnosis, and treatment of foot and ankle problems in the earliest stages possible. Yet, foot disorders are among the most widespread and neglected health problems in our culture.
The tendency to overlook symptoms of the foot and ankle disorders may be attributed to a generally accepted misconception: many people assume that a certain amount of foot pain is normal, and therefore resign themselves to living with problems that could be treated, relieved or eliminated. The importance of foot and ankle health cannot be overstated.
- The foot is a complex structure of 26 bones, 33 joints and 107 ligaments - together the feet comprise of the bones in the body.
- The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps in a day, adding up to about 115,000 miles in a lifetime - enough to take you around the planet more than four times!
- There are over 300 known foot ailments, ranging from those that cause chronic discomfort to those that may put a patient's life, limb, or mobility at risk.
- More than 75% of Americans will experience foot problems in their lifetime.