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Random Foot Facts

 

 

  • There are approximately 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet, and they excrete as much as half a pint of moisture each day.

  • The soles of your feet contain more sweat glands and sensory nerve endings per square centimeter than any other part of the body.

  • The foot is an intricate structure containing 26 bones. Thirty-three joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and tendons hold the structure together and allow it to move in a variety of ways.

  • The 52 bones in your feet make up about one quarter of all the bones in your body.

  • The American Podiatric Medical Association says the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. Those cover several miles, and they all add up to about 115,000 miles in a lifetime -- more than four times the circumference of the globe.

  • There are times when you're walking that the pressure on your feet exceeds your body weight, and when you're running, it can be three or four times your weight.

  • Your feet mirror your general health. Such conditions as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in the feet.  Foot ailments can be your first sign of more serious medical problems.

  • Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in America. It limits everyday dressing, climbing stairs, getting in and out of bed or walking - for about 7 million Americans.

  • 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.

  • A 2½-inch high heel can increase the load on the forefoot by 75%.

  • During an average day of walking, the total forces on your feet can total hundreds of tons, equivalent to an average of a fully loaded cement truck.

  • Standing in one spot is far more tiring than walking because the demands are being made on the same few muscles for a longer length of time.

  • The skin on your feet is 20 times thicker than on any other part of your body

  • During the first year of a child’s life their feet grow rapidly, reaching almost half their adult size.  By 12, a child’s foot is about 90 percent of its adult length.

  • When walking, each time your heel lifts off the ground it forces the toes to carry one half of your body weight.

  • It’s rare that two feet are exactly the same; one of them is often larger than the other.

  • The first foot coverings were probably animal skins, which Stone Age peoples in northern Europe and Asia tied around their ankles in cold weather.

  • Cigarette smoking is the biggest cause of Peripheral Vascular Disease (disease of the arteries of the feet and legs) which often leads to pain on walking, ulceration, infection and in the most severe cases - gangrene and possible amputation.

 

Disclaimer: Information on this web site was gathered from many sources in public domain such as published books, articles, studies and web sites. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. Please discuss your health conditions and treatments with your personal physician.