Your feet are really quite awesome… feet are perfectly designed to give years of service – if you treat them right. Each foot has 26 bones. There are 33 joints that make the feet flexible, and 19 muscles control movement of foot parts. Tendons stretch tautly between muscles and bones, moving parts of the feet as the muscles contract.
Two arches in the midfoot and forefoot, constructed like small bridges, support each foot and provide a springy, elastic structure to absorb shock. Numerous nerve endings in the feet make them sensitive. Each foot has 250,000 sweat glands, and over 100 ligaments hold the structure together.
When you walk, your feet bear the force of 1 ½ times your body weight. When you run, they feel the force of 2-3 times your body weight. That is a lot of work on your feet and your shoes. Over time, you may experience foot pain. Put your Best Foot Forward by learning about:
Join CommonHealth to learn more about our amazing feet and the steps to take to care for them properly by contacting your Regional Coordinator today.
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