A fully grown human body has about 206 bones. The reason for the approximate number is the bones that will only grow together in the course of our lives. Half of the bones of an adult human are in our hands and feet. There are 26 bones in the foot and as many as 27 bones in the hand, making a total of 106 bones. The large number of bones within the limbs suggests the importance and, more importantly, the complexity of each limb. Another reason to take care of our hands and feet.
If we take a closer look at our feet, they are usually only seen as a tool to reach our desired goal. Yet our feet are a masterpiece of complexity and have about 30 joints, 30 muscles and over 100 ligaments and tendons in just one foot. With each step, our feet support and cushion our own weight and the additional weight we carry with us. Despite the complexity, the permanent load, the too tight as well as poor choice of shoes, our feet allow a lot and forgive minor mistakes.
With the ravages of time, the calcium content of our bones decreases, leaving them unstable and brittle. Everyday efforts are viewed in a different light when the limbs suffer from discomfort or pain. One of the more common ailments is osteoarthritis. In this case, the protective cartilage tissue has worn away due to age, leaving the individual bones to rub against each other without protection. Possible pain can also be caused by bones growing together involuntarily or by cracks that have developed, up to and including a fracture.
Please inform your doctor in case of long-term as well as unusual discomfort or pain and together try to alleviate or solve the cause by conservative methods. If conservative methods are not effective or do not solve the cause, the only remaining solution is surgery on the hand or foot. Don’t let this scare you away, with today’s tools, surgery can be performed with minimal complications. In certain cases, a bone clamp will then be used.
Note: Please always consult a specialist before undergoing any procedure and seek a second opinion if necessary.