Fascinating Foot Facts

  • 1/4 of all the bones in your body are in your foot.
  • The foot contains 26 Bones, 33 Joints, 107 Ligaments and 19 Muscles.
  • There are approximately 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet, and they excrete as much as half a pint of moisture a day.
  • The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day. That's equivalent to a combined total of about 5 miles of walking each day, or about 115,000 miles in a lifetime. That's more than four times the circumference of a globe.
  • Your feet mirror your general health. Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in the feet. Foot ailments can be the first signs of a more serious medical condition.
  • Shoe Shopping is best in the late afternoon, since your feet tend to swell a little during the day.
  • When you try on shoes, try on both feet.  Many people have one foot larger than the other.
  • Women have about four times as many feet problems as men; high heels can often be the reason.
  • The ancient Romans were the first to create distinct left and right shoes; previous to that all shoes could be worn on either foot.
  • 3 out of 4 Americans experience serious foot problems in their lifetime.
  • It is not "normal" for yout feet to hurt.
  • Walking barefoot can cause plantar warts. The virus typically enters through a cut.
  • Walking is the best exercise for your feet, it also contributes to your general health.
  • Walking improves circulation, helps weight control and promotes well being.
  • About 60-70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of diabetic nerve damage, which in severe forms can lead to lower limb amputations. Approximately 56,000 people a year lose their foot or leg to diabetes.

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