Don’t Break A Leg: Functions, Importance, And Leg Neuropathy

You can see legs everywhere. From billboards, to magazine stands, to television and movie features… legs are advertised everywhere. There are lots of kinds of legs: short legs, long legs, hairy legs, legs with no hair, black legs, white legs, legs covered in scars, stout legs, thin legs, wobbly legs, slender legs, and legs that are just right -- sexy legs.

A lot of people have earned a lot of money from their legs. Marilyn Monroe’s legs were even insured! There are also several people who are so conscious about the appearance of their legs, that they have spent a big amount of money just to get the perfect set of legs. And there are those who love to flaunt their legs, wearing skimpy shorts and micro mini skirts.

Inside the womb, our legs are formed as early as the fifth week of conception. Our genetic make-up predetermines the physical outcome of these limbs. From the femoral blood vessels and nerves lodged in the quadriceps muscles wrapping the femur bone, down to the blood vessels and nerves supplying the muscles surrounding the tibia and fibula bone, these legs play a very important role in one’s body. Regardless of what they looks like, legs serve one main function: man’s basic means of transportation. They are also partially responsible for the weight of a person, along with the feet. They play different roles depending on need. It is a mode of transportation through walking, running, skipping, as well as driving and riding. It is used to attract the attention, and even affection of the opposite sex. It is vital in most physical sports like basketball, soccer, etc. And it is essential when faced with danger and you have to defend yourself through tae-kwon-do and karate.

Some don’t really have much choice when their legs become threatened by several diseases. Poliomyelitis is a viral infection wherein the virus attacks the nerves of the legs, causing paralysis and even death in severe cases. Leg neuropathy is seen in peripheral nerve disorders originating from other diseases like diabetes, HIV, stroke, autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis and other bacterial and viral infections. In this neuropathy, numbness and tingling sensations are felt in the legs, caused by a decrease in the delivery of oxygen and other nutrients in the blood.

Taking care of your legs doesn’t entail much effort. Just keep them clean and free from injury. Some choose to remove hair growth to make them look cleaner and smoother. Some even try to lengthen their legs by applying an extension surgically to make them look taller. Some even attempt to increase their legs aesthetic aspect by imprinting tattoos on them. Whatever you choose, as long as it will not cause any harm on these limbs then it is okay.

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