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Comfortable Feet

Why is foot comfort important?

Your foot is a complex structure, containing 28 small bones (one-quarter of the bones in the human body are in the feet!), 30 joints, and a system of more than 100 tendons, muscles, nerves, and ligaments working together in concert.

On average, most people take around 10,000 steps per day, which can translate to over 3 million steps per year! With each step you take, you may be placing 2-3 times your body weight on your feet.

This kind of stress results in normal foot changes as we age:

  • The arch becomes less pronounced and the foot flattens.

  • The foot lengthens and becomes wider.

  • Balance while walking can become more challenging, potentially leading to a fall.

  • The heel’s fat pad begins to thin out, allowing for less shock absorbency.

  • The ankle and foot see a reduced range of motion.

Rear view of a woman in high heels walking up stairs, below the knees

These normal foot changes can occur alongside other more serious foot conditions that you may develop as you age. The good news is that by practicing preventative foot health care, you can see many health benefits. Most importantly, you can keep your feet comfortable while limiting the development of these foot-related problems.

Side view of a pair of bare feet raised in the air

Foot health can be a clue to overall health. When foot problems arise, they can lead to knee, hip, and lower back problems as well. This is why it’s important to take your foot health seriously, and practice preventative measures, to make sure your feet can continue to take you where you need to go!

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