“I think the foot is an incredible structure,” says Dan Michaels, DPM. With twenty-six bones, thirty-two joints, one hundred and three ligaments, and numerous muscles and tendons, each component relies on the others to work properly. “One of the best things you can do to keep your feet healthy is to use them,” says Dr. Michaels. Walking can help improve the overall function of your feet.
Promoting good circulation through walking is important for your feet. “Circulation is also critical in helping to fight infection if you have a bruise or cut on your foot. Proper blood supply provides oxygen and nutrients to the structures of the foot and removes waste products,” says Dr. Michaels. “Good circulation also provides essential nutrients to maintain the health of nerve sheaths and is important to sustain normal nerve function.”