The Peoria Chiropractor Clinic of Dr. Justin Tuttle wants to make sure you take care of your feet. Have you ever thought about the important role our feet play in our everyday life? Our feet are among our most vital of limbs, after all we can’t move without them. Many of us, like myself, pay little or no attention to our feet until they start to hurt. Years of wear and tear can be hard on them.
This got me thinking, how much do I really know about my feet? Did you know that our feet contain 52 bones, 66 joints, 40 muscles, and hundreds of sensory receptors, tendons, and ligaments? Whew, that means that a quarter of all the body’s bones are in our feet.
With so much going on in our feet, I decided it’s about time that we got to know them! Let’s start with some interesting fun facts. When you walk, each time your heel lifts off the ground it forces the toes to carry one half of your body weight. For some of us that is a lot of weight! Most of us have one foot that is slightly larger than the other. The average person should aim to take 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. That adds up to a whopping 115,000 miles by the age of 70 years, which is equivalent to walking around the globe 4 times.
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And this will came as no surprise to the women in our Peoria Chiropractor Clinic…women have about four times as many foot problems as men, more than likely due to lifelong patterns of wearing high heels. The best exercise for your feet is walking (not in high heels). Walking also contributes to your general health by improving circulation, contributing to weight control and promoting all-around well being.
Remember your feet must last a lifetime. Your feet mirror your general health. Many conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, 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. Regular foot care can make sure your feet are up to the task.
If you are suffering from foot problems The Peoria Chiropractor Clinic of Dr. Justin Tuttle can lessen the discomfort.
To learn more, please contact Tuttle Chiropractor Peoria IL to request additional information or to schedule a free spinal screening.