Foot Facts

The foot contains 19 muscles, 107 ligaments and tendons, 26 bones with 33 joints.

The foot contains @ 25 % of all the bones in the body. If foot bones are out of alignment, then the whole body is out of alignment.

Most people have one foot that is larger than the other. The average male shoe size is 10. The average women’s shoe size is 8.5, this has gone up two sizes in just four decades. Feet are at their largest in the evening, this is also the best time to get fitted for shoes. A person’s foot will increase two sizes longer when they stand up.

In our lifetime we will walk the equivalent of more than 4 times around the earth. @ 115 thousand miles.

In an average day of walking 8,000 to 10,000 steps, we displace the weight of a fully loaded cement truck on our feet. Each time our heel leaves the ground our toes carry the weight of ½ our body weight. When running the pressure on the feet can be as much as four times the runner’s body weight.

An adult averages 4,000 to 6,000 steps in a day. Walking is the best exercise for your feet. Standing is by far, more taxing, because just a few muscles are under continuous strain. The average woman walks three more miles in a day than the average male.

Problems in the feet are a precursor of things to come, many conditions such as arthritis and diabetes first show their symptoms in the feet. Only a small percentage of the population is born with foot problems, but 75 out of 100 Americans will experience serious foot problems in their lifetime.

90% women wear shoes that are too small for their feet. Because of high heels (a 2½-inch high heel can increase the load on the front pad by 75%) and ill-fitting shoes they are 4 times more likely to experience foot problems than men. Another symptom, more than half the women in America have bunions, a common foot deformity in which the joint that connects the big toe to the foot gets larger and juts out.

Foot fetishes are more popular or profitable than foot health, there are more websites having to do with foot fetishes than with foot health. Heel pain and ingrown toenails are the most common problems searched for on the internet. Approximately 5% of Americans will have ingrown toenails in a given year.

It is normal for a child to take its first steps between 10 to 18 months but the average that it occurs is 13 to 17 months. A child’s feet will grow rapidly for the first year, by the age of 12 their foot will be 90% fully grown.

By the mid thirty’s the padding in the bottom of the foot thins out. This is why foot pain can develop from standing for lengthy periods. Read more – Metatarsal Pain

Corns and calluses will affect approximately 6.5% of the population. Read more – Safe and Effective Ways to Remove Them.

Soles of feet contain more sweat glands and sensory nerve endings per square centimeter than any other part of the body. In a pair of feet, there are 250,000 sweat glands which can excrete up to a half-pint of sweat a day.

When a toenail is torn off, it takes 5 to 6 months for a new one grow back.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records:  Madeline Albrecht was employed at the Hill Top Research Laboratories in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, a testing lab for products. She worked there for 15 years and had to smell literally thousands of feet and armpits during her career. She has sniffed approximately 5,600 feet.

The record for the world’s largest feet belongs to Matthew McGrory who wears US size 29 1/2 shoes. There is a video showing him putting shoes inside of his shoes.

Akshat Saxena from India, holds the world record for having the most toes with 10 digits one each foot!

About 20-30% of the world’s population have Morton’s Toe, a foot condition in which the second toe is longer than the big toe. Once considered a mark of intelligence and beauty. Read more – Morton’s Toe

Approximately one in four Americans have flat feet.

Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain) Over 2 million Americans seek treatment) each year. Approximately 10 percent of the US population in a lifetime.

During pregnancy, hot weather and teenage years, toenails grow faster.

The Plantar Wart virus can enter cuts in the feet and take hold. The feet can also contract many diseases from communal showers: Planter Wart, Athletes foot, Ring worm. Approximately 5% of the US population has fungal foot infections in a given year.

It is common for the elderly to have foot conditions that cause pain and disability which can lead to loss of mobility and independence.

For @ 7 million Americans arthritis is the number one cause of disability. It limits everyday dressing, climbing stairs, getting in and out of bed or walking. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the United States affecting an estimated 20.7 million, mostly after age 45.

Diabetes usually attacks the foot first with Peripheral Nerve Damage and other complications. Approximately 56,000 people a year lose their foot or leg to diabetes. Read more – Diabetes and the Foot.

Peripheral Vascular Disease a disease of the arteries, affect the feet and legs, when severe leads to ulceration, infection and sometimes amputation.

Most injuries reported from people 17 or older are ankle sprains, @ 60%.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome – a pinched nerve going to the foot is a very common reason for feeling pain and burning in the feet. Read more – Tarsal Tunnel

75% of Americans will experience foot problems at one time or another in their lives and @ 19% of the population will have 1.4-foot problems each year.

Stone Age people used animal skins to protect their feet. The ancient Romans were the first to make specific left and right shoes. The first pair of boots were created for Queen Victoria back in 1840.

In Britain shoe size is measured in Barleycorns, this unit of measurement stretches back to King Edward 2nd in Anglo-Saxon times. He declared that the diameter of one barely corn- one third of an inch- would represent one full shoe size.

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