Love Your Feet They Carry You
- POSTED ON Thursday, August 1, 2019
Your feet care for you by carrying around your body weight. The question then is: How do you care for your feet? A healthy investment in foot care results in better returns in terms of "service delivery" from our feet. Many of us could easily spend money on tyres for our vehicles, but hardly give foot care a second thought. Foot muscles may become inflexible considering the sheer amount of weight carried around and the feet constitute one of the most active parts of our bodies. Yet, they are often overused and neglected. Neglecting our feet can lead to many kinds of foot problems and, if ignored, expensive medical intervention may be our only resort. For people suffering from diabetes, proper foot care is even more essential. Besides all that, experts say we can make fairly accurate deductions about a person's personal hygiene by simply looking at their feet or shoes. Thus, proper foot care (or the lack of it) reveals more about us than we may realize.
How do the feet manage to carry all that weight without breaking down?
The average distance covered by a human being in his lifetime is about 120 000 km (or 75 000 miles). This depends on geographical location and lifestyle of course, but considering the size of the human foot in comparison to the size of the weight it has to carry, it is astonishing how well the foot holds up under the load. This is more impressive if one considers the neglect the feet suffer for the most part. They boast a better performance record than many vehicles out there; plus they are environmentally friendly and helps us to lose some weight if we use them often. Talk about exceptional!
All of this is possible because of the brilliant structural and mechanical design of the foot. To give you an idea, I will represent the foot as a mechanical device: The human foot is an exceptional example of how to combine dynamic and mechanical complexity, structural strength and just enough flexibility in order to absorb a large amount of strain and great pressure. The ankle joint is the foundation and serves as a shock absorber and a propulsion engine. This clever design allows the foot to bear great pressure without losing the flexibility which allows smooth movement. The foot consists of different components: bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and a network of blood vessels, nerves, skin and soft tissue. All these components work together in an intricate balance to provide the body with the necessary support when moving around. The foot has 3 structural components: the forefoot, mid-foot and hind-foot.