"Ankles Are Also Cool! They Hold My Feet On!"

So what is Podiatric Medicine? To what does the field of Podiatry pertain? 

While the scope of practice in this field of medicine varies from state to state, Podiatrists or Foot and Ankle Specialists in Florida are licensed to do procedures on the foot, ankle and lower leg (below-the-knee). Many people equate Podiatry to feet and feet only! However, ankles and the lower leg are also part of our daily practice. The foot, ankle and lower leg is a rather extensive complex. With an enormous number of muscles, tendons, nerves, blood vessels, bones and ligaments - the pedal structure of the human is definitely a marvel!

Here are some foot, ankle and leg facts for you to jump all over:

  1. The human foot has 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles/tendons and 125,000 sweat glands! 
  2. Did you know that 1/4 of all the bones in your body reside in your feet?! 
    With approximately 28 bones (including the sesamoids) in each foot x 2 = 56 and there being 206 bones in your body, it is amazing to think that your feet compose 25% of your body's bone structure!
  3. When comparing fingernails and toenails, toenails grow MUCH more slowly. While fingernails grow 0.1 mm/day = 1 mm in 10 days, toenails grow at a rate of 1 mm in 1 month! 
  4. The largest tendon in your body connects your heel bone to the back of your leg, it's called the Achilles tendon! 
  5. The thickest skin on your body is found on the soles of your feet!
  6. The average person will walk around 115,000 miles in a life time, that's equivalent to walking around the Earth over 4 times!

Now, besides spouting off foot facts, how can a Foot and Ankle Specialist be of assistance to you? 

In terms of foot health, your Podiatrist is well-versed in foot ailments that may mirror serious medical problems. The first sign of many systemic diseases may manifest in the feet such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, nerve disorders and circulatory problems. 

During daily activities like standing, walking or even running - all ground forces are transferred from your foot --> ankle --> knee --> hip --> spine --> neck --> head. The slightest injury or pain in your foot is greatly amplified as it distributed through the rest of your body. Any misalignment in the foot and ankle off-balances the other joints in your body so it is extremely important to find the root cause so the rest of your body stays in sync!

Take the time to care for you feet, your entire body will thank you!
Come to Beverly Hills Foot and Ankle, P.A. to see how Dr. Krishnan can help you!

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