I love feet! They are one of my favourite subjects about the human body. I always joke that I have a foot fetish, just not in a kinky way (so get your mind out of the gutter!).
With May being National Foot Health Month in Canada, I wanted to pay homage to our feet because they work so hard to move us through life…literally!
Our feet are super versatile and do so much for us but we don’t give them the recognition and care they are due. We just throw our shoes on in the morning and walk out the door without giving them a second thought. That is, until they remind us with discomfort or pain that we need to pay attention to them.
I think of feet as the Superhero of your body. They might not be able to leap a tall building in a single bound but they are pretty amazing.
Here are some cool foot facts:
- Each foot has 26 bones so if you multiply that by 2 they account for about a quarter of all the bones in your body.
- There are 33 joints and more than a hundred muscles, tendons and ligaments in each foot making them one of the most mechanically complex parts of your body.
- Feet take a beating by walking about 160,000 km in your lifetime with each step exerting pressure that is more than your body weight – add in some running and that pressure goes up to three to four times your body weight (which is a force up to 500 tonnes!).
- Your feet contain more sensory nerve endings per square centimetre than any other part of the body, making them a unique system that gives your brain feedback with every single step you take.
As amazing as feet are, they can also be the root of many issues in your body. One of the first things I do when working with my clients is to look at their feet because efficient movement starts from the ground up.
Besides foot-specific issues like bunions, hammertoes and plantar fasciitis, poor foot mechanics and malalignments in the foot and ankle can affect other parts of your body like the knees, hips, pelvis and spine. And because all of your body parts are inter-connected, the mechanics and alignment of your hips and knees in turn can affect the function and health of your feet.
So, how do you know if your feet are ready to take you on the road? First thing is to get to know them better and check out my 4-Step Foot Check for Healthier Feet video.
If you have any questions about my 4-Step Foot Check please don’t hesitate to post a comment. Wishing you happy and healthy feet!