Boasting 26 bones and 33 joints, the human foot is a force to be reckoned with. When walking, it absorbs pressure three to four times that of your own body. Running? Make that six to eight times your weight.
But in spite of accomplishing such herculean feats day in and day out, many of us think little of (and pay little respect to!) our feet unless they’re aching. And at some point in our lives, they usually do; in fact, almost half of Americans will experience a foot or ankle ailment.
So, what can you do to be proactive about your foot health? Simple steps, from dropping a couple extra pounds, to dropping your heel height just an inch, can have surprisingly big impact. To learn more, we spoke to URMC orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Judy Baumhauer.
Dr. Baumhauer directs the URMC Orthopaedics Foot and Ankle Institute, a joint venture in clinical care and research with the Ithaca College Department of Physical Therapy. She was recently installed as the President of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, becoming the organizations first female president in its 42-year history.
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