Healthy feet for life – part 1

Ten­donitis, plan­tar fasci­itis, bunions be­gone! With our ex­pert guide.

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Contents -

W HAT IS THE ul­ti­mate item of de­sign ge­nius that’s avail­able to a walker? The wa­ter­proof mem­brane, the touch­screen GPS, the Fit­bit? Nope. It’s the foot.

Sit­ting unloved at the end of your legs, your feet rep­re­sent mil­lions of years of re­search and de­vel­op­ment. Their in­cred­i­bly com­plex me­chan­i­cal struc­ture fea­tures 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 mus­cles, ten­dons and lig­a­ments that have evolved to bring us down from the trees, to chase prey across the sa­van­nah and to reach the pin­na­cle of hu­man achieve­ment: a nice Sun­day walk in the coun­try­side with the prom­ise of a pub lunch at the end.

So we’ve en­listed con­sul­tant po­di­a­trist Michael O’Neill to talk us through the most com­mon foot prob­lems faced by reg­u­lar walk­ers – and the sim­ple ways we can treat and pre­vent them.

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