You Gotta Know What’s Connected Where
Just how many parts make up the machinery down there? In each foot and ankle, you have:
- 26 bones (your feet contain more than one-quarter of the total bones in your body!).
- 33 joints, many of which are fully articulated.
- more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments that connect your skeletal structure together and keep it moving.
- an extensive network of blood vessels, nerves, skin, and soft tissues that keep everything stable, protected, sensed, and sustained.
Your feet and ankles contain multitudes of moving parts, all of which need to work together to provide you the foundation and mobility you need.
If something is off—say you have flat feet or another abnormality in your foot shape—the balance of weight and forces in your feet will be off, too. It’s a lot like having a car out of alignment.
This misbalance will often cause pain and discomfort, not only in the feet but throughout the whole body, such as in your knees, hips, or back!
Podiatrists have received exclusive and extensive training in the composition and workings of the feet. When problems happen, we not only can get to the root of the problem but see how it may affect everything else within the network as well. We can then prescribe specific, individualized treatment to get patients back to doing what they love without pain.
More Reasons to See a Podiatrist
Having a laser focus on the feet and ankles makes a podiatrist the best choice for treatment in this area. You also shouldn’t underestimate the benefits of having a podiatrist in your corner for preventative care, either!
Here are several more reasons you may want to consult with us:
You are an avid runner or just starting out.
The feet and ankles are common sites of sports injuries, and runners tend to get their share of them.
Feet and ankles endure a great deal of force when running. Repetitive impacts against the ground can contribute to overuse injuries such as stress fractures and Achilles tendonitis.
The benefits of running far outweigh the risks of injury—but only if you approach the sport correctly! Pushing your body too hard too quickly, or not having the right equipment to address potential vulnerabilities in your foot shape or stride can make you much more likely to face a painful, sidelining problem.
If you are just starting out, a check-up at our office can identify potential problems. We can then recommend treatments, if needed, or simply suggest the right kinds of shoes, stretches, and other practices to keep you comfortably on your feet.
If you have been running for some time now, it doesn’t hurt to make sure your gait is still what you believe it is. And, if problems do develop, we’re here to help you get back on track as quickly and safely as possible.