Feet: The Organ of Locomotion

Feet: The Organ of Locomotion | Bozeman Podiatrist | Dr. JD Clark | Bozeman Podiatric Clinic

Our feet are extremely important, but how often do you think about them? If you are like most people, only when they hurt. Which brings to mind the old saying; “When my feet hurt, I hurt all over!”

We often take our feet for granted. We shove the into shoes, boots sandals or pumps and ignore them until there is pain! Amazingly, for the most part, our feet do a lot of work and activities with little or no discomfort. They are an incredible ‘feet’ of engineering comprising of 26 bones, 20 muscles, 33 joints and more than 100 ligaments each. They carry the average person more than 100,000 miles, that’s four times the circumference of the earth! Most of that distance is on hard surfaces absorbing tons of force daily.

Too often the feet are mistreated with overwork, poor care and ill-fitting shoes that may look better than they feel. Any athlete or active person knows in order to perform well you need healthy painless feet. Whether it is golf, basketball, jogging, tennis or whatever your activity is you need comfortable functional feet. Because our feet are so complex and so much is expected of them many different foot problems can arise.

Some of the Most Common Ones Include…

  • Ingrown Toenails
  • – develops when the nail grows into the skin and becomes infected.

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • – caused by a chronically inflamed plantar ligament, leads to arch and heel pain.

  • Bunions
  • – when the great toe is pushed inward making the joint stick out, bump pain.

  • Hammer Toe
  • – the raised and bent position of lesser toes, leads to painful corns or blisters.

  • Flat Feet
  • – are the result of the collapse of the longitudinal arch.

  • Metatarsalgia
  • – is chronic pain in the ball of the foot.

DR. JD Clark – Bozeman Podiatric Clinic
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