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Footcare Facts and Conditions

Did you know the following facts about your feet and good footcare? Or do you have a condition you'd like to learn more about? Check out our Foot Facts below or choose from the following conditions to learn more about them:

 

 

Foot Facts

Did you know...

  • The foot is an intricate structure containing 26 bones. Thirty-three joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and tendons hold the structure together and allow it to move in a variety of ways.
  • The 52 bones in your feet make up about one quarter of all the bones in your body.
  • Women have about four times as many foot problems as men; lifelong patterns of wearing high heels often are the culprit.
  • The American Podiatric Medical Association says the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. Those cover several miles, and they all add up to about 115,000 miles in a lifetime -- more than four times the circumference of the globe.
  • About 19 percent of the US population has an average of 1.4 foot problems each year.
  • About 5 percent of the US population has foot infections, including athlete's foot, other fungal infections, and warts each year.
  • About 5 percent of the US population has ingrown toenails or other toenail problems each year. 21. About 5 percent of the US population has corns or calluses each year.
  • Of the three major types of foot problems (infections, toenails, and corns and calluses), people are less likely to receive treatment for corns and calluses and more likely to continue to have corns and calluses as a problem without treatment.

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