No two feet are the same and this includes the two on the same body. They may differ in size, shape or condition and will certainly be affected in different ways by factors such as growth, disease, pregnancy and aging. These differences make foot problems fairly common and yet with slight differences from case to case.
Causes of foot problems
Simply wearing shoes that do not fit properly or are no longer of a good enough condition to offer proper protection is the cause of many foot problems. There are also a number of conditions that are hereditary and in many people it is a combination of both factors that ultimately lead to their foot problem. Examples of conditions that are thought to be hereditary include bunions, hammertoes, flat feet and gout. Other factors that can have an influence on the development of foot conditions include calcium intake, regular exercise and changes in hormone. Whilst you can help to maintain foot health in these ways, bone strength is partly determined by genetics and it has been proven that black people generally have the greatest bone mass whilst Asians have the least. This makes Asian people the most likely to suffer from arthritis or osteoporosis. With the foot containing 26 muscles it is understandable that bone density plays a major role in the development of foot problems.
Recent studies comparing the bone density of black and white girls going through puberty revealed that the bone density of the black girls increased by three times as much as white girls. A national study of the US revealed that black people experienced foot problems 20% less frequently than white people. There are also differences in the feet of people from different nationalities, particularly relating to the structure of the feet. Mediterranean people tend to have lower foot arches than those of Northern European people, who appear to have especially high arches. Cultural traditions and standard can also affect foot problems as in certain ethnic cultures purposely where uncomfortable shoes that are small in size because it is their opinion of beauty.
Despite the hereditary factors that cant be controlled there are some lifestyle and environmental factors that you can control in order to maintain healthy feet. Being aware of the conditions that you may be most prone to and taking action to avoid encouraging the process can help to prevent the onset of certain foot problems. Wearing shoes that fit well and are comfortable are one of the most important things that can be done to keep our feet in good condition. Anyone that experiences serious foot problems should seek medical treatment.