“Check your feet regularly, similar to a dentist checking your teeth…”

How many of us know that our feet also need regular check-ups to help us get where we need to go?

The average person takes about 8,000 to 10,000 steps every day. Add that up over the course of a lifetime and it’s the equivalent of walking four times around the world!

And while you’re walking, your feet are taking a pounding, often enduring more than your body weight with each step. The pressure can be three or four times your weight when you run. A child’s feet may absorb one million kilograms/two million pounds over the course of a single day.

That’s why it’s so important to have your podiatrist check your feet regularly, similar to a dentist regularly checking your teeth. Podiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat foot and ankle ailments of patients ranging in age from children to seniors.

Podiatrists treat common ailments such as athlete’s foot and plantar warts. They also treat bone deformities and can recognize the initial symptoms of serious diseases such as arthritis, diabetes and circulatory disorders, which often appear first in the feet.

Our feet are complex instruments, containing 26 bones in our bodies. With regular checkups, you and your podiatrist can keep them running like a well-tuned car.

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