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Your Amazing Feet

The human foot has 42 muscles, 26 bones, 33 joints, and at least 50 ligaments and tendons made of strong fibrous tissues to keep all the moving parts together… plus 250,000 sweat glands. The foot is an evolutionary marvel, capable of handling hundreds of tons of force — your weight in motion — every day. The foot’s myriad parts, including the toes, heel, and ball, work in harmony to get you from one place to another. But the stress of carrying you around puts your feet at high risk of injury, more so than other parts of your body.

CUT YOUR TOENAILS PROPERLY

When it comes to caring for your nails, perfecting your cutting technique is vital. Never use scissors. It’s better to opt for a pair of nail nippers or clippers instead because they have a smaller cutting blade and longer handle.

How to cut nails?

• Trimmed once a week cutting nails straight across. Aim for square-shape as this will prevent ingrown toenails
• Use a nail file to smooth down any rough edges, but avoid abrasive metal files, which can splinter the nail.

Are your feet talking to you?

Have you ever wondered why some chiropractors spend so much time looking at your feet? You may believe they’re only concerned with backs and necks, but your feet may tell us quite a bit about your spinal health. Your feet are the foundation of your entire body – there’s a lot of weight they’re supporting. Excessive pronation can cause all types of problems – from shin splints to hip, back and knee pain. We may look at your shoes to gain insight into your spine’s alignment. If your spine is misaligned, stress is usually placed on another part of your body, affecting the way you walk. If one sole of your shoe is wearing differently than the other, your spine may need some adjustments to bring it back into alignment. Sore toes, feet or ankles could be the result of misaligned bones that need correction. Early detection and correction can help relieve pain, increase mobility and range of motion.

Fun Facts about your Feet!

  • Toenails (and fingernails) grow fastest in hot weather.
  • Our feet produce ½ cup of sweat per day through the 250,000 sweat glands they contain.
  • The average person takes 10,000 steps a day.
  • The skin on your feet is 20 times thicker than the rest of your skin.
  • One fourth of all bones in your body are in your feet (that’s 52 bones per pair of feet).
  • Not surprisingly, women suffer from four times as many foot problems as men.

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