TORONTO FOOT CLINIC, ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS SHARES SOME CLINICAL FOOT FACTS
posted: Feb 04, 2014.
- Corns and calluses are caused by friction and pressure from skin rubbing against bony areas when wearing shoes. If the first signs of soreness are ignored, corns and calluses rise up as nature's way of protecting sensitive areas.
- Plantar warts are caused by a virus which may invade the sole of the foot through cuts and breaks in the skin. Walking barefoot on dirty pavements or littered ground can expose feet to this sometimes painful skin infection.
- To avoid ingrown nails, trim your toenails straight across with clippers specially designed for the purpose. Leave them slightly longer than the tips of your toes.
- Shopping for shoes is best done in the afternoon. Your feet tend to swell a little during the day, and it's best to buy shoes to fit them then. Have your feet measured every time you purchase shoes, and do it while you're standing. When you try on shoes, try them on both feet; many people have one foot larger than the other, and it's best to fit the larger one.
- About 19% of the U.S. population has an average of 1.4 foot problems each year. The percentages by major types of foot and ankle problems is:
|Foot infections, including athlete's foot, other fungal infections, and warts||5% of the U.S. population|
|Ingrown toenails or other toenail problems||5% of the U.S. population|
|Corns or calluses||5% of the U.S. population|
|Foot injuries, bunions, flat feet or fallen arches||6% of the U.S. population|
- Podiatric physicians provide treatment for 82 percent of corn and callus problems, 65 percent of toenail problems, 63 percent of bunion problems, 46 percent of flat feet or fallen arches problems, and 43 percent of toe/joint deformities.
- Of the three major types of foot problems (infections, toenails and corns and calluses), people are less likely to receive treatment for corns and calluses and more likely to continue to have corns and calluses as a problem without treatment.
- About 60 percent of all foot and ankle injuries, reported by the U.S. population older than 17, were sprains and strains of the ankle.
For competent, honest advice or foot care from a successful toronto foot clinic, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Hardy's Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics at 416-465-8737.