Your feet are amazing examples of natural engineering, but many people tend to take the health and proper functioning of their feet for granted until an injury or disease causes severe pain and discomfort.  Here are some interesting and surprising facts about your feet. You can help prevent and treat foot and ankle injuries and other problems before they worsen by making regular visits with your podiatrist.

3 surprising facts about feet include the following:

  • Your feet are not the same size—In fact, one foot can be as much as a half size larger than the other. Always have footwear measured to the largest foot to avoid shoes that are too tight. Feet can also vary considerably in width due to expansion from conditions like flat feet and toe deformities like bunions.
  • One-fourth of all your bones are located in your feet and ankles—Each one of your feet consists of 26 bones, 33 joints, and over one hundred tendons, muscles, and other soft tissues so there are many ways an injury like a foot or ankle fracture can sideline you.
  • Females tend to have more foot problems than males—A surprising statistic about feet is that women tend to have four times as many foot and ankle problems as men. A major source of this discrepancy is from wearing high heeled shoes that cause considerable damage to the feet over time.

If you are experiencing a foot or ankle problem, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist for the proper care. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.

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