Foot Basics

Summary of Chapter 1

The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.– Leonardo da Vinci

My Feet Are Killing Me by Celebrity Podiatrist, Dr. Suzanne Levine

Foot Basics

Although your feet are true works of art and engineering, you can’t feel exultant about them if they are killing you. Before I start explaining why your feet are killing you and how to treat them, it really helps to understand a little bit about the structure of your feet. Don’t worry; this will be a basic rundown to give you a clearer picture, not a lesson worthy of medical school. (I sat through enough of those for the both of us!) The truth is your feet are an unmatched set of architectural wonders. Unmatched? Yes, because no two feet were ever created equal. Your own are not identical, and some people actually have one foot that is a full size larger than the other.

They may be small in relation to the rest of you, but your feet are two of your most complexly engineered body parts. Each foot has at least 26 bones, two very small bones-the sesamoids, 56 ligaments, 38 muscles, and numerous nerves and blood vessels. Plus, they carry the weight of your entire body when you just stand there and multiple times your body weight when you walk or run.

The 26 bones in each foot are structurally arranged so that you can move your feet in a variety of ways. This, combined with the precise and flexible arrangement of your joints, makes it possible for you to do things like rotate your ankles, flex and point your toes, walk, run, jump, and more.

In this chapter of My Feet Are Killing Me Dr. Levine delves into:

  • Bones
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Statistics
  • The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Canada

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