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frequently asked questions about foot care

How many people suffer from foot problems?
Studies show that 75 percent of the population will experience foot problems at some point in their lives.

How much sweat do feet produce in a day?
Your feet contain about 250,000 sweat glands, which can produce as much as 1 cup of moisture a day.

Do women have more foot problems than men?
Women have about four times as many foot ailments as men; and high heels are frequently to blame. Women should limit the time they wear pumps with heels higher than 2", and alternate these with good-quality sneakers or flats for part of the day.


Are people born with foot problems or do they develop later?
It is estimated that only a small percentage of foot problems are genetic. Foot problems often develop because of neglect and poor understanding of proper foot care. Common causes include ill-fitting shoes and constantly wearing high heels.

Can serious medical problems first show up in the feet?
Your feet mirror your general health. Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and circulatory disorders can show initial symptoms in the feet, so foot ailments can be your first sign of more serious medical problems.

My children don't have any foot pain. Why should I take them to a podiatrist?
Children may have structural imbalances of the feet that may go unrecognized and can lead to deformities and imbalances within the skeletal system. Early detection can lead to fewer difficulties as your child grows up.

What's the best exercise for your feet and overall health?
Walking is the best exercise for your feet.

Can a flatfoot be corrected permanently?

Until recently supportive therapy with prescription orthotics and specialty footwear have been the methods of choice. Previous surgical correction involved complicated and invasive procedures. However, a new surgical correction using a titanium implant has shown much promise to correct this problem, forever.

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