Our feet are often the most neglected and forgotten part of our bodies . research has shown that people are more likely to service their car than to have their feet checked by a podiatrist .
Yet our feet are our main mode of transport, carrying us on a journey of 128, 000 kilometres in a lifetime – the equivalent to three times around the world.
Who are podiatrists ?
Podiatrists are university – educated foot health professionals , They diagnose and treat specific foot and lower limb conditions including foot problems associated with arthritis and diabetes.
Why do feet need specialist care?
Our feet are very complex – they house a quarter of the bones in the body, as well as a network of muscles ,ligaments and joints . they are also vulnerable to injury and disease; there are over three hundred identified foot ailments. While our feet suffer wear- by the age of fifty ,our feet have lost up to half the shock – absorbing capability of the natural foot pad they can not be replaced like a pair of shoes.
Some feet have special needs – children’s feet, sporting feet. Working feet , mature feet and feet affected by disease .