Conditions relating to the feet are more common than you may think, which means there’s often a lot of helpful advice and treatment available to help deal with the issue as soon as possible. According to the NHS, around 75% of the UK population will experience a foot problem at some point during their lifetime.
Your feet alone have around 250,000 sweat glands. During periods of physical activity or exertion, they can produce around four to six ounces of sweat in a single day – if not more! This is why it’s important to take care of your feet and keep them clean and dry after workouts to keep them free of conditions such as Athlete’s Foot.
An average person will walk around 8,000 – 10,000 steps each day, coming to a total of around 115,000 in their lifetime.
Most people have 52 bones in their feet – that’s a quarter of all the bones in the human skeleton combined! When these bones are out of alignment, the rest of your body will be too.
Have your toenails been growing faster recently? Toenails have been proven to grow faster during hot weather, pregnancy and puberty, so it’s worth keeping them cut and shaped to avoid discomfort or ingrown toenails.
Your feet may be the first indicator that you’ve developed a medical condition or illness. For instance, those who have developed diabetes may first notice reduced circulation, numbness of the feet or a foot infection that will eventually lead to a diagnosis of diabetes. It’s worth knowing the indicators of diabetes, especially as there are now over three million people with the condition in the UK.
Podiatrists are specialists in diagnosing and treating foot conditions. To become a podiatrist in the UK, one must study for a minimum of three years in order to exhibit the level of knowledge required to treat patients, so rest assured you’re in great hands when seeking treatment!
If there’s more you’d like to know about your feet, or you have a foot problem you’re looking to seek treatment for, get in touch with a podiatrist today. Betafeet Podiatry are ready and waiting!