22 Amazing Facts About Your Feet

How many steps does an average person take during the day? How many bones are there in feet, where are sweat glands located and which part of the human body has the most nerve endings? We’re about to find out on this list of amazing facts about feet!

1. During their lifetime, an average person walks around 185,000km (roughly 114,954 miles), which is enough to walk around the earth four times! That is roughly 10,000 steps on average, daily, which is a lot of wear and tear on your feet.

2. Per square centimetre, a foot has more nerve endings than any other body part. Our feet are informing us non-stop about what surface we are walking on, telling us whether we are on a cold or hot surface, rough or smooth, slippery or not – these are all things that, as many as 200,000 nerve endings (in each sole!) tell us.

3. Even though they’re relatively small, feet contain 25% of all bones! A human foot contains 26 bones (28 if the two large sesamoid bones are included, which are tiny bones located in tendons, near joints, of each foot), 33 joints and more than 100 muscles and tendons and ligaments. Unless we protect our feet, a lot of things can go wrong – here are a few common problems:

  • Fallen arches (Also known as flat feet)
  • Bunions (hard and painful bumps on the big toe)
  • Broken bones and pulled muscles
  • Injuries to ligaments that support your joints, injuries to tendons
  • Dislocation of a bone
  • The list goes on, so it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your feet!

 

4. 250,000 sweat glands are located down there!- They produce up to 500ml of perspiration daily- The sweat itself is not the cause of the smell of smelly feet, it is, in fact, the bacteria in it. A square inch of your foot sole contains more sweat glands than all of the other parts of your body!

5. A few facts about toenails!

  • The speed at which toenails grow depends on age, sex, exercise and diet.
  • Hot weather, pregnancy and adolescence are the period’s that toenails grow the fastest!
  • Toenails are just hairs (but structurally modified)!
  • Toenails grow a lot slower than fingernails
  • The growth of new toenails takes no less than five or six months.

 

6. Statistically, women have four times more feet related problems than men. High heels are the major cause for this, especially the 4+ inch models!

7. While you are running, the pressure on your feet can be up to 4 times larger than while you’re walking.

8. Walking barefoot on wet sand is beneficial due to the fact that it adds stress and strain to the muscles, joints and tendons!The foot sinks into the sand and this causes the muscles to work harder to “push” you forward for the next step, which strengthens your muscles!It is also a good thing for you to walk barefoot on wet grass or soil. This is known as “earthing”.Some studies claim that the reason this increases our health is coming from our bodies taking earth’s electrons from it!

9. Feet come in all shapes and sizes! They are a very diverse body part. Sizes and shapes vary extremely, and no two feet are actually the same.Most people have slight differences between their two feet that they probably don’t even know about.For instance, one foot is, usually, bigger than the other!

10. Child’s feet grow the fastest in their 1st year of life – being almost 50% of the adult size by the end of that time.When a child turns 12, their feet are already 90% of their adult size!

11.The first feet covers were made during the Stone Age.It is presumed that the Stone Age people in Asia and Europe used to tip animal skins around their ankles so they would be able to protect their feet in harsh, cold weather.

12. Smoking cigarettes are bad for your feet! Smoking cigarettes are the leading cause of a disease of arteries of both legs and feet that often leads to awful pain on walking, infection, ulceration, and, in the worst cases, amputation and gangrene – peripheral vascular disease!

13. The bottom part of the foot “plantar surface” while the top part is called “dorsal surface”.

14. To help reduce the smelly feet smell, try switching the footwear you wear every few days – it really does help!

15. One to two of every thousand of children born with a defect that causes their feet to have an extra toe!

16. It is best to leave shoe shopping for as an afternoon activity! This is due to the fact that feet tend to swell up during the day and, thus, may trick you into buying incorrect size shoes.

17. While walking, each time you lift one of your feet off the ground, about 50% of your entire body weight will be carried by your toes. Naturally, walking is also ultimately the best feet exercise!

18. There are quite a few professions are related to feet:

  • Podiatrist
  • Foot Hygienist
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Pedicurist
  • Foot Reflexologist
  • Pedodontist
  • Podopaediatric
  • Reflexologist
  • Biomechanical Specialists

 

19. Standing still is making you feel more tired than moving because walking helps you circulate blood. Standing is the reason for exhausted feet!

20. Some children are born having a disease called webbed toes – a genetic defect that is often inherited! Webbed toes are a fusion of two or more digits of the foot, such as 2 toes. This defect occurs in, approximately, one in 2,000 births. Luckily, webbed toes can be separated through surgery.

21. The pattern of how a person walks has a name – gait! Gait is divided into two phases; the swing phase and the stance phase. The swing phase occurs when the foot is above the ground, having no contact with it. The phase begins when the foot leaves the ground and ends with the heel of that foot touching the ground. The stance phase is, naturally, all the activity that occurs when the foot is on the ground – beginning with the heel strike (which ends the swing phase!) and ending when the foot loses contacts with the ground.

22. Although it is, obviously, not considered “normal” for your feet hurt, foot muscles, sometimes, do become uncomfortable if enough fresh blood doesn’t reach them.