We ask a lot of our feet and ankles. They are at the very foundation of our bodies, their few pounds of bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles working together tirelessly to take us where we want to go. It’s little wonder that at the end of the day, one of the most common phrases heard around the world is that we want to “put our feet up for a while.”
Nor is it any surprise that foot and ankle problems affect as much of the population as they do.
Some 75 percent of Americans will experience some type of foot problem in their lifetime, and an estimated 3 million people are treated by orthopedists for ankle injuries alone. Whether you’re a top-performing athlete or simply enjoy strolling around the block or among your garden flowers, foot or ankle problems are likely to affect you to a greater or lesser degree—and a significant factor in how serious they might become lies in how soon problems are addressed. Injuries that are not recognized or for which diagnosis or treatment is delayed can lead to significant functional disability that may make it difficult to accomplish everyday tasks.