In ancient times, feet were seen as a pretty big deal. The bible is riddled with stories of people washing each others feet; and even pouring perfumes and oils on them.

Your feet are at the forefront of your body. They are the first thing that you use everyday. You squeeze them, crunch them, twist them, wiggle them and as surely as I do; you take them for granted and perhaps neglect caring for them?

Foot anatomy plays an important role in foot function. For example, do you know how many arches each foot has? If you answered one, you answered like 95 percent of people do – incorrectly. Each foot actually has three arches: one on the inside of the foot, one on the outside and one across the ball of the foot. These arches are all important and must all be functioning properly to facilitate healthy movement and weight-bearing.

The human foot has 42 muscles, 26 bones, 33 joints, and at least 50 ligaments and tendons made of strong fibrous tissues to keep all the moving parts together … plus 250,000 sweat glands.

Your feet can develop several issues; including hammertoes, blisters, bunions, corns and calluses, heel spurs, claw and mallet toes, ingrown toenails, toenail fungus, and athlete’s foot……just to name a few.

Here are some heel highlights;

Hammertoe

Hammertoe and mallet toe are foot deformities that occur due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. The type of shoes you wear, foot structure, trauma and certain disease processes can contribute to the development of these deformities.

Let me be VERY specific, ladies; our super sexy, cute, high heels? CAN CAUSE THIS;

High-heeled shoes or footwear that’s too tight in the toe box can crowd your toes into a space in which they can’t lie flat. This curled toe position might eventually persist even when you’re barefoot

Bunions

A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. It forms when your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out. The skin over the bunion might be red and sore.

Wearing tight, narrow shoes might cause bunions or make them worse. Once again, my shoes are the enemy?!

Bunions also can develop as a result of an inherited structural defect, stress on your foot or a medical condition, such as arthritis.

Heel Spurs

Symptoms of heel spurs may include pain, inflammation, and swelling at the front of your heel. The affected area may also feel warm to the touch. The symptoms may spread to the arch of your foot. Eventually, a small bony protrusion may be visible.

OUCH!

Heel spurs are directly caused by long-term muscle and ligament strain. Eventually, this excessive strain stretches soft tissues in your heel and wears them out. Heel spurs can be caused by excessive weight or ill-fitting shoes (i.e. FLIP FLOPS).

So, be good to your feet. It’s not like you can just go buy a new pair.