Did you know that 25% of the total number of bones in your body are in your feet? Going by this ratio, you should accord a lot more care and nurturing to your feet than you do. Let's do a bit more math! The average person, in the course of a day, takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps. These would add up, during an average lifetime of 70 years, to about 115,000 miles! Enough number of steps to take you around the earth four times!

I hope these statistics make you realize how hard your feet work. No wonder, then, that 3 out of 4 people in North America suffer from serious feet-related problems.

Medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and circulatory disorders can show their first symptoms in the feet. So watch your feet for indications of these medical conditions that affect a large proportion of North Americans. Arthritis is the number one cause of disability, affecting well over 6 million in America. Over 50,000 people lose their foot or leg, through amputation, every year, on account of problems caused by Diabetes. Another ailment affecting a huge number of North Americans is lower back pain. This affliction, commonly develops from the wrong alignment of the spine, and can be prevented by taking corrective steps at the feet level.

Foot care starts with knowing your foot type.

Low arches (flat feet) are very common and often result in formation of calcium deposits, known as Heel Spurs, which require weight redistribution and support. Special supports and soles are available to prevent pain as well as exacerbation of the condition. Medium arched feet have fewer problems, but can, with advancing age, also lead to foot pains. High arch (Pes Cavus) feet have an elevated arch, causing the heel and toes to turn slightly inward, which, you guessed it .... cause pain!

Common treatments for such feet conditions include stretching exercises, losing weight, wearing shoes that have shock-absorbing cushioned heels, and elevating the heel with the use of a heel cradle, heel cup, or orthotic insoles.

Another aspect, often overlooked, is foot hygiene. There are 250,000 sweat glands in the feet, which excrete as much as a half-pint of moisture a day. This factor should be taken into account by your personal hygiene routine to avoid contracting fungal infections and plantar warts.

It's clear that most problems with the feet arise out of neglect and lack of proper care. While ill fitting shoes are a prime cause, yet, with minimal precautions, it's possible to be comfortable and healthy as well as trendy. It's not enough just to spend money on shoes. Diagnose your foot type and get the right supports to correct the weak areas. With such preventive measures in place, and with a bit of life-style changes, you'll avoid the ailments that plague most North Americans.

A complete selection of comfort footwear and lower body health care products for feet, legs, ankles and back are available for maintenance of better foot health. Products include walking shoes, therapeutic shoes, shoe insoles, hosiery, slippers, specialty socks, foot cushions, foot cream, skin/nail/leg care products, heel pain products, foot massagers, knee braces and ankle braces, back supports, and exercise equipment.

In short, your feet can indicate your general health. The 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles of each foot support your entire body structure, and neglect of them can lead to any number of problems, including lower back problems. Back pain affects most adults at some stage in their life, and can be excruciating to live with.

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