Be Thankful for Your Feet!

It’s the season of Thanksgiving and at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers we want to be sure our patients remember their feet when making a list of all that they are grateful for. Your feet are amazing structures and often taken for granted until something goes wrong. Without healthy feet, daily life would be incredibly difficult. It’s your feet that enable you to stand, walk, run, jump, reach and squat. Some other points to consider:

  • On average, people take between 4,000-6,000 steps each day will walk approximately 100,000 miles in a lifetime.
  • Each foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles and tendons.
  • There are nearly 8,000 nerves in your feet—that’s more per square centimeter than any other part of the body.
  • Your feet serve as an early warning system for the rest of your body. Several systemic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease can manifest initially with symptoms that affect your feet.

Show Your Gratitude

So, what can you do to say “thank you” to your feet? First, be proactive in the care of your feet. Schedule annual checkups with one of our Macomb county offices so that our podiatrists Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw and Dr. Adam Thompson can examine your feet and ankles. Regular checkups enable the foot doctor to detect foot problems in their earliest and most treatable stages and also to monitor chronic foot problems. Contact our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 offices to make an appointment. Other ways to be proactive in the health of your feet include:

  • Buy good shoes. This is one of the biggest factors in foot health. Get your feet professionally measured and buy well-made shoes that have good arch support and roomy toe boxes. Keep heel heights to two inches or less.
  • Have a hygiene routine. Wash your feet daily with and water and dry completely. Use foot powder if you tend to sweat excessively to help prevent fungal infections. Apply a rich moisturizer at night.
  • Practice self-exams. Get in the habit of inspecting your feet. Look for changes in skin color, bruising, swelling, rashes, growths, lumps or changes in the level of sensation you experience in your feet. Contact us if you notice anything concerning.

American Diabetes Month: Fight Back

Each November, we at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers recognize American Diabetes Month. Diabetes is a serious condition that affects over 30 million men, women, and children. It’s the seventh leading cause of death in our country.

Sesamoid Injuries: Small Bones Cause Big Pain

Is it difficult to bend and straighten your big toe? How about swelling or bruising—do you see any in the area where the pain is? At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know that “yes” answers to these questions likely indicate an injury to the sesamoids.

Why Do My Feet Smell?

At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, however, we know that foot odor is a year-round problem for some people. With approximately 3,000 sweat glands per square inch producing about ½ pint of perspiration daily, your feet are prime targets for body odor issues.

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