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Body & Feet: Dr. Eugene Shapiro
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Did you know that your foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments? Each step you take involves all these parts working together – so even the smallest injury or structural flaw can cause pain and interfere with your daily activities.
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Up to 25 percent of athletic injuries are foot and ankle related. But with some simple precautions you can greatly decrease the risk of injury!
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Although some simple treatments for ingrown toenails can be performed at home, performing “bathroom surgery” to remove an ingrown toenail can actually make the condition worse! The safest and most effective approach is to see your podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment.
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When you walk, every time your heel lifts off the ground it forces your toes to carry one half of your body weight!
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Wearing high heels puts tremendous stress on your lower limbs that can lead to a host of chronic problems; and according to statistics, the number of high heel-related injuries in the emergency room has doubled over the last decade!
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Why are flip-flops bad for your feet? The lack of arch, heel, and lateral support offered by flip-flops leaves one vulnerable to such things as foot fatigue, plantar fasciitis, and sprained ankles. Furthermore, curling your toes to keep flip-flops from falling off your feet can contribute to bunions or hammer-toes!
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According to statistics, seventy-five percent of Americans experience foot health problems at some time in their lives. Any number of factors can cause foot disorders and related issues to develop, ranging from diseases, injuries, deformities, biomechanical flaws to improper footwear.
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The ancient Romans used a “barleycorn” to measure feet when making a sandal. In 1324, King Edward of England signed a royal decree making barleycorns the official unit of measurement for sizing shoes. The ‘barleycorn’ system is still in use today and is the basis for shoe measurement in the United Kingdom and Ireland. A barleycorn is approximately 1/3 of an inch, the equivalent of one shoe size.
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Foot infections are the leading cause of hospitalization for diabetics. If you suffer from diabetes, it’s important to establish an at-home foot care regimen and make regular visits to a podiatrist in order to maintain good foot health.
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According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, people take around 8,000 steps every day. By the time you turn 50, that comes out to over 50,000 miles!
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