In case you missed our recent webinar on foot & ankle health, here’s a few highlights, plus a short video featuring some exercises and stretches to keep your ankles and feet healthy and happy.
Top Ten Things we learned about our amazing feet.
- About a quarter of the bones in your body are located in your feet (26 bones per foot).
- Ligaments and tendons are very strong connective tissues. Ligaments connect bones to bones. Tendons connect bones to muscles.
- The longitudinal and transverse arches provide strength and support so our feet can support the load of our bodies in addition to whatever we carry with us.
- The average person will take between 3 and 4 million steps per year.
- Force plate studies show that the foot absorbs at least 3 times body weight per step at slow running speeds.
- An elite triple jumper may produce forces of 14 to 16 times body weight during his or her jump!
- Sixty percent (60%) of our MUS population who responded to a pre-webinar survey (n=191) reported currently dealing with foot/ankle pain, injury or dysfunction.
- Plantar fasciitis was the most common foot/ankle ailment reported by our population.
- RICE, or rest/ice/compression/elevation can be a primary therapy for most ailments of the foot and ankle.
- For chronic conditions that are not improving, health professionals such as a podiatrist (PDM), orthopedic physician, physical therapist, or licensed massage therapist can help diagnose and treat the condition, so that you can “get back on your feet again”, so to speak.
If your feet are healthy, keeping your ankles mobile and feet strong with some simple stretching and strengthening exercises can be a great form of prevention. You can learn some of these exercises in the following video. Enjoy!
If you want to watch the entire MUS Wellness foot/ankle webinar, just click here.