Jasmine Olmstead is an active ten year old girl. She loves gymnastics, dance, soccer, and softball. The only thing slowing her down were her feet. Jasmine walked with her feet turned in, a very common condition often referred to being “pigeon-toed” or “intoeing”. In addition, Jasmine found out that she had an extra bone in her foot that was also causing problems when she walked.
“She has a bump and bruise on her foot that would come and go, but it would bother her when she was in gymnastics,” shared her mom, Monica.
Jasmine finished softball and had to take a break from the activities she loved to wear a boot for the month of June.
“The boot would inflate and deflate to keep the foot stable. It didn’t seem to work so we were referred to the podiatrist at Crossing Rivers Health Center for Specialty Care. During her first visit, she was fitted for custom molded inserts that she will wear in her shoes to ensure her feet are straight when she walks.”
For Jasmine, the best part of this was knowing that she would get back to things that she really enjoyed.
“I just want to get back to gymnastics. Seeing the x-ray was pretty cool, too.”
Your feet—and all their parts—are pretty remarkable. Working together, they make movement, walking and many other everyday activities possible. The feet have 38 muscles, 52 bones, 66 joints, 214 ligaments and nearly 250,000 sweat glands. Here's a cool, interactive tool that talks about common foot problems and solutions.