As we commemorate Foot Health Awareness Month, I like to remind my patients that their feet and the feet of their children have to last them a lifetime, so treat them well.
When we stop to think about it our feet are pretty miraculous.
Even Leonardo Da Vinci said that "the human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art”. And it's not surprising when we stop to consider that our feet have 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than one hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Our feet work in perfect harmony to allow us to walk, dance, skip, run, and jump.
Except when they don't!
But this isn't terribly surprising. Many of us aren't lucky enough to be born with perfect feet. And even if we are we take them for granted and shove them into shoes so tight and tall that they have to scream at us before we'll listen.
Or we play out our dreams as ballerinas, gymnasts, marathoners, and basketball players putting our feet into harm's way.
Some of us love to walk for miles in flip flops or go barefoot where no foot should ever tread naked.
So do your feet a favor.
Follow the 10 commandments of foot love.
1. Don't take your feet for granted.
2. Don't squeeze them into shoes that are too tight or tall.
3. Don't ignore heel pain.
4. Honor them by cutting your toenails straight across.
5. Protect them by wearing the proper shoes for the activity you engage in.
6. Don't covet your neighbors feet, but work within the limits of the ones you have.
7. Get your feet measured every time you buy a new pair of shoes.
8. Be sure to wear flip flops in shower and locker room to avoid the plague of foot fungus.
9. But don't wear flip flops to go walking.
10. If you have diabetes, take them for an annual visit to your podiatrist.
Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.
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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.