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.
Want an appointment? Learn more about scheduling a visit, here.
As we quickly approach the shortest day of the year, a group of experts summoned by the nation’s top scientific advisory panel has released updated advice on just how much of the “sunshine vitamin” Americans should consume.
Their new recommendations – the first revisions in 13 years – urged that folks under age 70 consume (by diet and/or supplement) 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D daily. To put that in context, that’s triple the earlier allowance (200 IU) for most of that age group. And elderly adults (over 70) who were previously told to consume 600 IU now might need to take as many as 800.
Why all the fuss over vitamin D? In the video below, URMC family physician Dr. Kevin Fiscella explains that the vitamin – which is naturally present in foods like fatty fish, mushrooms, eggs and meat, and which our skin produces when it’s exposed to sunlight – is paramount for building and maintaining strong bones.
But that may not be all; many scientists believe it may also play a preventive role in health conditions like cancer and heart disease, and are busy conducting research to explore those connections.
To hear more about vitamin D, you can watch Dr. Fiscella in the clip below. Want to learn more about his research (which explores vitamin D deficiencies in African-Americans, since sunlight has a more difficult time penetrating darker skin tones)? Click here.