FOOT AND ANKLE
Orthopaedic foot and ankle conditions are very common and vary widely – from anatomical deformities to overuse injuries to sprains, strains and fractures. Due to the heavy use and reliance on our feet, they are subjected to a lot of stress and pressure. In fact, the College of Podiatry states that on average, a person will walk nearly 150,000 miles in their life, which is equal to walking around the world 6 times.
Our foot and ankle specialists are expertly trained to treat a wide variety of these conditions, using both conservative measures and surgical treatment when necessary. Read on to learn more about the foot and ankle care offered at Parkview Orthopaedic Group.
ANATOMY OF THE FOOT
The foot is built for walking, running, jumping and a host of other high-pressure activities. It carries the weight of the entire body. It must be strong with healthy bones and muscles to do an effective job. The foot is also capable of absorbing a good deal of shock. If you fall from a height, you are less likely to suffer an injury if you land on your feet, compared to any other body part. The human foot is made up of 26 bones, 42 muscles, 33 joints, and over 50 tendons and ligaments, including fibrous tissues that enable movement in the foot.
SECTIONS OF THE FOOT
The foot can be divided into three sections. The forefront includes the toes and ball of the foot. The midfoot is the arch-shaped part that allows the foot to flex, bend and perform a variety of other movements. The hindfoot consists of the heel and ankles that join with the forelegs above.
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