The Royal College of Podiatry’s annual awareness campaign is from Monday 24 April to Sunday 30 April. It’s a time to focus on all things feet! This year’s theme: “The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering”.
Did you know?
- By the age of one, a child’s foot will already have grown to half its adult size. It will then take until age 18 for the 26 bones in the foot to finish developing
- Each foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons. These constantly adapt to keep you flexible and moving
- Your feet have over 250,000 sweat glands and produce approximately half a pint of sweat everyday
- In flat shoes, twice your body weight will pass through your big toe joint with every step.
So how can a podiatist help?
Podiatrists are experts in all aspects of foot and lower limb health!
Their scope of practice ranges from everyday footcare needs such as issues with toenails, calluses and corns, and treating and avoiding infections, all the way to early detection and diagnosis, minor surgery, sports injuries, healing wounds and preventing amputations. Podiatrists cover a large range of issues in the lower limb including:
- General foot health
- Musculoskeletal podiatry such as joint pain, sports injuries, walking analysis and rehabilitation
- Minor surgery under local anaesthetic – this includes ingrown toenail removal
- Vascular podiatry – ensuring your circulation works the best way it can in your lower limbs
- Skin conditions
- Wound care
- High-risk limb care for those with complex health needs.
This is only scratching the surface of what a podiatrist can do! Some have completed further training to become podiatric surgeons, operating on bone and joint conditions in the foot. No matter your age or foot issue, there is a podiatrist that is right for you.
The Royal college has prepared a Foot Health Information leaflet especially for Foot Health Week 2023. Download yours by clicking here (LINK: file:///C:/Users/Feet%20Street%20Podiatry/Downloads/General_Footcare_Leaflet%20April%202023.pdf)
If you’re having foot problems, Feet Street Podiatrycan help! Contact us via the details below or book online.
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