We may not always appreciate the astounding piece of engineering that is our foot. The foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and several tendons — all of which are designed to carry the full weight of the human body both stationary and moving. Even one minor tear, break, sprain, or damage to any of the foot’s components can lead to serious injuries in the long- and short-term. In the United States, nearly one out of five people have more than one foot problem every year; moreover, about 75% of all Americans experience serious ankle and foot pain in their lifetime. Needless to say, ankle and foot pain and problems are nothing to scoff at.
After all, without our feet, we simply wouldn’t be able to move.
Of the various kinds of ankle and foot pain that can befall an individual, sprains and strains are the most common. Nearly 60% of ankle and foot injuries received by American adults are due to spraining. Podiatric doctors, however, see plenty of other injuries and illnesses affecting feet, such as corn and callus problems, toenail damage or infection, bunion problems, fallen arches, flat feet, and toe/joint deformities. People with diabetes are especially at risk of limb damage. Sadly, about 56,000 people every year lose their foot or leg because of diabetes.
Thankfully, ankle and foot specialists are there to help those men and women who need a little extra support and guidance for their feet and legs. A doctor of podiatry specializes in treating the foot, ankle and leg. These doctors know the foot in-and-out. A complex, intricate, and incredibly important part of the body, the feet require special treatment when injured or in pain. Neglecting the needs of your feet can cause serious damage to your limbs (and really, the rest of your body) in the long-term.
If you notice any ankle and foot pain, you should contact a podiatrist or medical specialist immediately. Feel free to leave a comment or question at the bottom for more information.