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What can I expect at my first podiatry appointment?

At your first podiatry appointment, we will:

  • take a detailed history of your problem
  • take your medical history
  • ask you about your lifestyle/ personal circumstances
  • examine your feet and legs to diagnose your problem
  • examine your shoe style and fit
  • discuss a treatment plan with you and this could include ongoing general foot care, a referral to your GP or education and advice

How many bones are in my feet?

There are 52 bones in your feet, making up around a quarter of the bones in your body. Your feet contain 66 joints, 214 ligaments and 38 muscles.

Do women have more foot problems than men?

Women have about 4 times as many foot ailments than men and this is mainly caused by wearing high heels. You can help your feet by limiting the time you wear shoes with heels over 5cm and alternate these shoes with good quality trainers.

How many people suffer from foot problems?

Studies show that 75% of the population will suffer from foot problems at some point in their lives.

How much sweat do feet produce in a day?

Your feet contain around 250,000 sweat glands. These can produce up to 250ml (or a whole cup) of moisture per day.

Are people born with foot problems?

It’s thought that only a small percentage of foot problems are genetic. Foot problems mainly develop through neglect and a poor understanding of foot care. Badly fitting shoes and constantly wearing high heels are two of the most common causes.

How should toenails be trimmed?

Toenails should be trimmed straight across. They should be just slightly longer than the tips of your toes. Cutting nails at the corners or edges can cause ingrown toenails.

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are custom-made shoe inserts that are designed to prevent abnormal foot motion. They help your foot muscles and tendons to perform more efficiently and can be used to treat flat feet, high arches, heel pain and bunions. They can also stop callus from forming.

Can my feet tell me I’ve got serious medical problems?

Your feet mirror your general health. Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show initial symptoms in the feet. In this way, foot problems can be your first sign of more serious health problems.

What’s the best exercise for my feet?

Walking is the best exercise for your feet and your general health.



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