- April 2, 2021
-- Fresno, CA…
Leonardo DaVinci said, "The foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art". With 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles, one-quarter of all the bones in the human body are in the feet. To celebrate the unique and important role our feet play in our day to day lives, April has been designated National Foot Health Awareness Month. Established by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), the month of April is dedicated to educating the public about the important role our feet play in our general health and well-being.
"The APMA estimates that most people will log more than 100,000 miles on their feet in their lifetime, that's more than four times around the earth," said Larry Schneider, owner of the The Good Feet Stores of the Central Valley. "Unfortunately, too many people give little thought to proper foot care, and they don't realize the connection between their feet and other common complaints, such as knee, leg or back pain."
The human body is made for movement and the health benefits of simply walking 30 minutes a day have been well documented over the last decade and include: maintaining a healthy body weight and reducing the risk of obesity, a reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes, reduced risk of coronary heart disease and controlling blood pressure, as well as enhanced mood and mental well-being, just to name a few. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for death, causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally.
"It's important for people to realize that our feet mirror our general health and foot pain is not normal. Maintaining good foot health isn't complicated. Knowing a few basics and applying some common sense goes a long way to having healthy feet for a lifetime," noted Schneider.
Regardless of your age, maintaining healthy feet is a key component to leading an active, healthy lifestyle. Many common foot problems, such as heel spurs, bunions, corns, calluses and arch pain may be alleviated, with proper attention. For more information on foot health and common foot related problems, visit the APMA on-line at www.apma.org
or contact the Foot Health Foundation of America at 1-800-FOOTCARE or on the web at www.foothealthfdn.com
Founded in 2001, The Good Feet Stores of the Central California provide personally fitted arch supports, and specializes in comfort and diabetic footwear. Based in Fresno, Central Valley Good Feet is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and owns and operates stores in Fresno, Merced and Visalia. For more information about The Good Feet Store visit www.goodfeet.com (http://www.centralvalleygoodfeet.com/)
or call 1-866-224-3338.