Most people don’t spend too much time thinking about their feet.  We all tend to take them for granted unless there’s a problem and they start to hurt.  It might surprise you to know, then, that your feet are much more important to your overall health than you think!

Your feet are a lot more complex mechanically than you probably realize. They contain 26 bones, 33 different joints, and more than a hundred muscles, ligaments and tendons.  If any one of those malfunctions or gets stressed or strained, your foot is going to start hurting, which could lead to real trouble for you in a variety of ways.

Consider what happens when you start experiencing foot pain.  The natural, instinctive response to that is to start “favoring” that foot by limping.  Unfortunately, when you do that, you throw your balance off, which means that you’re putting undue stress on just about every other part of your body.

If you don’t address whatever underlying issue is causing your foot pain, it’s inevitably going to cause pain in your thighs, hips and probably your back.  Your body is a finely tuned, finely balanced machine even if you’re not in the best of health.  Even if you’re overweight.  The bottom line is, if you’re off-balance and limping for an extended period of time, it’s going to have dire repercussions that you’ll find yourself dealing with for weeks, months, or even longer.

That’s why the moment your feet start hurting, it’s important to get to the bottom of why and address the issue.  Don’t let your aching feet cause additional problems for you.  Pamper your feet.  Take precautions to take good care of them, and they’ll take good care of you.