April is National Foot Health Awareness Month, and Dr. Robin Gooden of Back in Balance Wellness Center has a few tips for improving the health of your feet.

While many people tend to take their feet for granted, it's important to take care of these important and complex body parts that serve as the base for the entire body. Statistics show that about 70 percent of adults have some sort of foot problem including those many cause discomfort or pain in the leg, hips, back, arm or shoulders.

Part of good foot health is understanding how your feet “fit” into the makeup of the human body. Here are some things you may not know about your feet:

Your feet are dynamic: The foot is a complex body part, composed of 26 bones, 33 joints and 19 muscles, 107 ligaments, three arches, and many nerves and blood vessels. Your feet alone make up one-quarter of the bones in your entire body!

Feet are your body’s shock absorber: Although you may view your feet as being static, they are your primary shock absorber. If your feet are not aligned properly, they will cause pain and discomfort in other areas of your body.

For more information on foot health, Dr. Gooden is hosting a free seminar titled "Pain Relief is Only Two Feet Away" from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on April 29 at the Back in Balance Wellness Center at 16 Penn Plaza, Suite 22 in Bangor. Participants will receive a complementary body assessment using 3D BodyView by Foot Levelers.

R.S.V.P at 947-8077 or at info@backinbalancechiro.com.