3 Things You May Not Know About Your FeetMonday, March 2nd, 2015, 6:08 pm
Although they are often neglected and forgotten about, feet are an important part of a person’s anatomy. They are often in use and get abused just about more than any other part of the body. When feet aren’t properly cared for, the whole body can suffer. From knees to hips to severe back pain, feet can impact joints and cause aches and pains throughout the whole body.
Want to know more? Here are three interesting things you may not have known about your feet.
- Feet are complex. Feet are one of the most complex structures of the body. Twenty-six bones, 33 joints, 10 tendons, 19 muscles, and 107 ligaments make up each foot. One-third of all the bones in the body are found in the feet, and many of them are intricate and minute. Not only are feet complicated and complex, but they have over 250,000 sweat glands and they are one of the primary ways the body cools itself.
- Toes matter. Most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their toes, but toes are important. Not only do they play an important role in balance and walking, but toes also can show signs of serious medical problems. Spoon-like indentations on toe nails can signify anemia, while pits on the surface of the nail can be a result of psoriasis. If toes are hairless, it often means there’s poor blood circulation.
- Barefoot is best. When it’s possible, going barefoot is best. It makes movements easier on joints and improves posture. It strengthens feet, ankles, legs, knees, and hips. For children, it reduces the risk of feet abnormalities. When going barefoot, it is easier to walk and the body naturally gets a better sense of the terrain it’s on. This leads to improved balance and coordination.
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