Right now, your feet are probably tucked away in a pair of wool socks or warm, fuzzy house slippers or a thick pair of boots to get you through the winter snow.
But when you get a few minutes, take a good look at your naked feet. You may just end up saving your own life.
The feet are composed of 26 major bones and joints that allow us to stand upright, walk, run and jump. But they’re even more complex than we may realize. The feet are good indicators of what might be going on in the rest of our body.
Cleo Fleming of Pleasant View has been dealing with a condition called neuropathy, which includes pain and numbness in her feet. Fleming suspects the neuropathy in her feet was an indication of varicose veins in her legs, which she eventually had removed.
Then, two years ago, she was doing yardwork when she unknowingly stepped on something.
“I don’t know what I stepped on because I didn’t feel it at the time, but whatever it was, it went right through my rubber boots,” she said. “I developed an open sore on my foot, so my doctor sent me to a foot specialist.”