Excepting a round house kick to the head, our feet are pretty much well grounded beneath us. A quarter of the bones in the human body are in the feet, comprising more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Chiropody is another name for podiatry, a branch of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremity. Here are some interesting foot facts:
- 75 percent of people have foot problems
- 5 percent of Americans have corns and callouses
- 5 percent of Americans have fungal infections of the feet and ingrown toenails
- Standing still is more tiring than walking because fewer muscles are used for standing still, whereas walking distributes weight and effort over more muscles
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