It is said that April showers bring May flowers. April is the first full month of spring, and it is also Foot Health Awareness Month. Celebrating and discussing foot health in the month of April comes just in time for those sandal wearing days!
The foot is a magnificent part of the body and it is extremely important for balance and helping the body distribute weight. According to Podiatrists.org, “Synching the structural strength of a cantilever bridge with the mechanical complexity and precision of a fine Swiss watch, the human foot is a bioengineering masterpiece!”
The College of Podiatry aims to build on last year’s campaign while focusing on promoting foot health and raising awareness and understanding of podiatry this April. The site suggests that people with foot or lower limb issues and pain should visit an HCPC registered podiatrist.
According to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, “The average person takes 10,000 steps each day which adds up to more than three million steps per year.”
As of 2015, a CDC report noted that approximately 30.3 million people in the U.S., (9.4 percent of the population) suffer from diabetes. Diabetes can affect the nerves, causing nerve damage or neuropathy. Neuropathy can cause tingling, burning and other types of pain including numbness. For those living with diabetes, poor circulation and a compromised defense against infection can complicate problems with the feet causing them to become more vulnerable to injury.
How You Can Participate in Foot Health Month
Participate this year in Foot Health Awareness Month by taking care of your feet, seeing a doctor if you have any current issues, walking for circulation, keeping the feet clean and dry, trimming your toenails, and wearing supportive shoes.
The College of Podiatry is also asking the public and healthcare professionals to encourage awareness by spreading the message about foot health all month long. Please also follow the organization on social media, like and share their posts or post your own messages using #foothealthmonth2019 during the month of April.