Foot Pain

What is the burning foot:

Burning feet are a common complaint and can be caused by a number of conditions – some are local and minor, and some are more serious. Burning feet can keep people awake at night and be a source of continuous pain. It is more common in those over the age of 50 years, but a burning foot can occur in younger age groups.

Burning feet are more common in those with diabetes as part of the neuropathy (nerve damage) that can develop. A burning foot may be mild and local and easily treatable or it may indicate a more serious general medical problem that needs further investigation.

Foot Notes:

  • A human foot & ankle is a strong, mechanical structure that contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles
  • 25% of all the bones in the human body are down in your feet. When these bones are out of alignment, so is the rest of the body. (There are 52 bones in a pair of feet).
  • The average child will take its first steps around 13-17 months – but between 10 -18 months falls within the “normal” range.
  • During the first years of a child’s life their feet grow rapidly, reaching almost half their adult size. By 12, a child’s foot is about 90 per cent of its adult length.
  • When walking, each time your heel lifts off the ground it forces the toes to carry one half of your body weight.
  • During an average day of walking, the total forces on your feet can total hundreds of tons, equivalent to an average of a fully loaded cement truck.
  • Standing in one spot is far more tiring than walking because the demands are being made on the same few muscles for a longer length of time.
  • Walking is the best exercise for your feet. It also contributes to your general health by improving circulation, contributing to weight control, and promoting all-around wellbeing.
  • Walking barefoot can cause plantar warts. The virus enters through a cut.
  • The feet can contact an array of nasty diseases from communal showers: Planar Warts, Athletes foot, Ring worm and Fungal nails.
  • The average person takes 8,000 – 10,000 steps a day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles over a lifetime. That’s enough to go around the circumference of the earth four times.
  • It’s rare that two feet are exactly the same; one of them is often larger than the other.
  • In a pair of feet, there are 250,000 sweat glands. Sweat glands in the feet produce approximately half a pint of perspiration daily
  • The first shoes were invented 5,000,000 years ago during the Ice Age and were made from animal skinks.
  • The ancient Romans were the first to construct distinct left and right shoes. Before that, shoes could be worn on either foot.
  • Shoe sizes were devised in England by King Edward II who declared in 1324 that the diameter of one barely corn- a third of an inch- would represent one full shoe size. That’s still true today.
  • The afternoon is the optimum time to shop for shoes because the feet tend to be more swollen.
  • 3 out of 4 people experience serious foot problems in their lifetime.
  • Only a small percentage of the population is born with foot problems.
  • About 5% of people have toenail problems in a given year.
  • Fingernails and toe nails grow faster during hot weather, pregnancy and teenage years.
  • Neglect and a lack of awareness of proper foot care that brings on foot problems. (including ill-fitting shoes)
  • Foot disorders in the elderly are extremely common and are the cause of much pain and disability, and consequent loss of mobility and independence.
  • Foot ailments can become your first sign of more serious medical problems. Your feet mirror your general health, so conditions like arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in your feet.
  • Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in America. It limits everyday dressing, climbing stairs, getting in and out of bed or walking – for about 7 million Americans.
  • About 60-70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of diabetic nerve damage, which in severe forms can lead to lower limb amputations. Approximately 56,000 people a year lose their foot or leg to diabetes. The feet can contract an array of nasty diseases from communal showers: Planter Wart, Athletes foot, Ring worm!
  • Cigarette smoking is the biggest cause of Peripheral Vascular Disease (disease of the arteries of the feet and legs) which often leads to pain on walking, ulceration, infection and in the most severe cases – gangrene and possible amputation.
  • The average woman walks three miles more per day than the average male.
  • Women have about four times as many foot problems as men. High heels are partly to blame.
  • 9 out of 10 women wear shoes that are too small for them
  • The two feet may be different sizes. So buy shoes for the larger one.
  • The average foot gets two sizes longer when a person stands up.
  • The pressure on the feet when running can be as much as four times the runners’ body weight.
  • The record for the world’s largest feet belongs to Matthew McGrory who wears US size 28 1/2 shoes. The average men’s shoe size is 10 1/2.
  • Butterflies taste with their feet, gannets incubate eggs under their webbed feet and elephants use their feet to hear – they pick up vibrations of the earth through their soles.
  • There are currently more websites on the Internet having to do with foot fetishes than with foot health.

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