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Dr Anthony Spitz DPM
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Women experience about four times as many foot-related problems as men. High heels and other types of ill-fitting footwear are chiefly to blame, because of the unnatural pressure and strain they add to the arch and toe box.
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Children’s feet grow rapidly in their first year of life, reaching almost half their adult size by the time they’re 18 months old. Their adult foot size is approximated by twelve to fourteen years of age.
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Ever wonder why your feet are so ticklish? It’s because there are 8,000 nerves in the feet. While ticklish feet are usually a good indication of health, non-ticklish feet can indicate problems with nerve receptors caused by illnesses such as diabetes mellitus, arthritis, a vitamin deficiency or thyroid problems.
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Numbness in both feet, known as peripheral neuropathy, can be a side effect of chemotherapy or be caused by diabetes or chronic alcoholism. Numbness in only one foot may be due to a number of things, including a pinched nerve.
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There are 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet, capable of producing up to half a pint of sweat a day! Without proper care, sweaty feet can cause skin rashes, yeast infections, athlete’s foot, fungal toenails and warts. But effective daily hygiene, good foot care practices and visits to the podiatrist can keep sweaty feet in check.
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Here’s another reason it’s important to be careful with your feet: One out of every twenty people in the United States is affected by a toenail problem every year, with the most common problems being ingrown toenails, fungus, and trauma.
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Poor foot structure doesn’t just make your feet hurt - it can result in abnormal walking and body mechanics, causing pain in your back, legs and hips! It’s important to visit your podiatrist for a biomechanical assessment at the first sign of foot discomfort, poor balance or unexplained corns and calluses.
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Stretching your plantar fascia and other lower muscles before using the treadmill can help reduce your chances of foot pain and injury.
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It’s estimated that up to 60 million adults in the US have flat feet. If you or your child has foot pain, it’s a good idea to see the podiatrist for a thorough evaluation and treatment. With proper care, you can prevent additional discomfort and debilitating complications.
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Foot doctors have seen the incidence of injuries to the Achilles tendon increase by almost 300 percent in little over a decade. Here is some advice on preventing damage to the Achilles tendon: http://ow.ly/mR3730hAc83
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