Now you’re probably wondering how is it possible to study feet for four years. Feet look simple, but the foot itself is a very complex mechanical system that requires bones, ligaments and tendons to all work together. For that to happen, the leg has to function correctly. For the foot and the leg to function correctly, both the hip and spine have to function correctly. This means there is a lot to learn.
Before I talk about what you study in podiatry, here are some facts about feet:
- Each foot has 26 bones – both feet contain nearly one quarter of all the bones (206) of the body.
- Each foot is made up of a complex network of over 100 tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
- Every step places 1.5 times your body weight of pressure on your foot.
Just a quick note, at university “subjects” are called “units”. I must admit I still use the term subjects at times (once a school student always a school student!).
Now for the good stuff, what are some of these cool subjects/units you study in podiatry?