The goal of this blog will be to explore many fascinating and under appreciated aspects of foot form and function, to discuss various approaches to maintaining healthy feet, and to educate people on the need to properly care for their lower extremities. Resesarch shows that 75% of North Americans will experience foot problems at some point in their lives, however many of these problems can be mitigated before becoming chronic issues.

"The Human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art." - Leonardo Da Vinci

Providing a base of support while standing and playing a critical role in locomotion, the human foot is a marvel of human development. The bony structures of the foot consists of 7 tarsals, 5 metatarsals, and 14 phalanges - resulting in a vast array of articulations and supportive prominences. The foot and its bones may be considered in terms of three anatomical and functional parts:

The midfoot is a "pyramid-like" collection of bones that fit together to form the arches of the feet. Muscles, tendons, and ligaments run along the surfaces of the feet, allowing the complex movements needed for motion and balance. Viscous fluids within joint capsules allow for efficient, smooth, and pain free articulations. The Achilles tendon connects the heel to the calf muscle and is essential for running, jumping, and standing on the toes. Roughly 25% of all the bones in the human body are down in your feet. When these bones are out of alignment, so is the rest of your body.

Throughout this blog i will explore the various ailments and pathologies that can affect all of the above noted structures. Some of these topics will include:

This is just a small listing of various foot affilictions and is by no means exhaustive. Moving foreward I will delve a little deeper into these topics and hopefully provide readers with a new appreciation for your feet! Please feel free to share this blog and provide any feedback or ask any questions!

***Random foot fact: During the first year of a child's life, their feet grow rapidly, reaching almost half their adult size. By 12, a child's foot is about 90% of its adult length.***