Top 25 Most Interesting and Fun Foot Facts

In Foot Facts by Alnoor Ladhani, Chiropodist

  1. Your foot and the ankle form a strong structure containing 26 bones, over 100 muscles, 33 joints, ligaments, and tendons.
  2. The possibility of women developing foot problems is four times higher than men, and the main reason is footwear.
  3. As the writer of Step by Step reveals, a pair of feet contains approximately 250,000 sweat glands. These glands excrete moisture equivalent to half a pint, every day.
  4. According to the American Podiatry Association, you should buy shoes during the afternoon because your feet usually swell a bit at this time of the day.
  5. Both your feet contain 52 bones and this is a whole quarter of all of your body’s bones. When these bones don’t align well, the rest of your body will be affected as well.
  6. Your foot’s sole has more sensory nerve endings and sweat glands per square centimeter than can be found on any other body part.
  7. By wearing a 2.5-inch high heel, you’re increasing the load on your forefoot by 75 percent.

8.For many people, one foot is slightly bigger than the other. Up to 60 percent of the population doesn’t have feet of the same size, and 80 percent of these have a larger left foot. But this doesn’t mean they should wear different sized shoes.

9.On an average day of walking, the forces on your feet can sum up to hundreds of tons, which may equate to the weight of a truck loaded with cement.

10. Walking is the most recommended exercise for feet. It also improves weight control and enhances circulation.

11.A study by the American Podiatric Medical Association reveals that the average person takes between 8,000 and 10,000 steps a day and these steps amount to 115,000 miles throughout the person’s lifetime, which is over four times the world’s circumference.

12.It’s more tiring to stand in one spot than to walk because the same few muscles have to work hard for an extended period.

13.Foot diseases may be the first indicator of more complicated medical issues. The state of your feet reflects your general health, and so conditions such as diabetes, circulatory disorders, nerve issues and arthritis can manifest their initial symptoms through your feet.

14. The services of podiatric physicians are four times less costly than those of the other physicians.

15. About 19 percent of the population in the United States has approximately 1.4-foot problems every year.

16. Studies show arthritis is the leading cause of disability in America, and this includes disability of the feet.

17. About 75 percent of Americans will face foot problems at a certain point in their lifetime.

18.About 5 percent of the US residents experience fungal foot infections every year.

19. About 5 percent of the United States population has calluses or corns each year. They’re less likely to undergo treatment and may continue experiencing problems without the right treatment.

20. Up to 5 percent of the United States population experiences ingrown toenail problems yearly.

21. Sprains and strains form up to 60 percent of all injuries around the ankle and foot for people aged 17 and above.

22. About 60 to 70 per cent of diabetics may develop a form of diabetic nerve damage. In severe cases, this could result in lower limb amputation of the diabetic. About 56,000 individuals lose their leg or foot because of diabetes each year.

23. About 6 percent of the United States population has bunions, foot injuries, fallen arches or flat feet diagnosed every year.

24. The most common problems affecting people are ingrown toenails and heel pain.

25. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is the common reason most people feel pain or a burning sensation in their feet.