12 foot facts to flabbergast you
You may well take your feet for granted and underestimate their greatness when you put them through the mill every day. But we’ve got 12 fantastic foot facts that will flabbergast you and hopefully give you a new found love and respect for your feet!
- 25% of the body’s bones are in your feet
Each foot has a staggering 26 bones, which is one less bone than in each of our hands.
- Shoes of the millennia
Research suggests that as far back as 40,000 years ago early humans were wearing basic shoes.
- The average person walks 10,000 steps per day
You may not feel like you’ve covered a lot of ground in a day, but the average person is estimated to cover around 10,000 steps, which can be up to 5 miles.
- The big toe was once a big thumb
During the evolution from ape to man, what we now know as our big toe, was in fact used like a gripping thumb, helping our predecessors climb trees.
- Sweaty feet syndrome
There are more sweat glands per square centimetre on the soles of feet than anywhere else on the body, which may explain why they sweat around ¼ pint each day.
- Your feet will take you round the world four times
The average person will walk around 115,000 miles in a lifetime, which equates to more than 4 times around the world.
- The afternoon is ideal shoe shopping time
If you want to get the most out of your next shoe shopping trip, do it in the afternoon. Throughout the day your feet swell and grow bigger, so buying shoes in the afternoon will mean they’ll fit your feet at their biggest.
- Standing is a tiring business
You may be surprised to know that standing in one spot for a length of time is far more tiring than walking. This is because there is more strain put on the same muscles for a longer period of time.
- Your feet are a reflection of your general health
Much of the body’s functions are linked to your feet, so many initial signs of illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes and circulation problems will appear in your feet first.
- High Heel Pressure
For those of you who love wearing high heels, you may be staggered to know that wearing just a 2.5inch heel can increase the pressure on the ball of your foot by 75%.
- Women are more likely to have foot problems
Whether it’s hereditary or a love of high heels, studies show that women are four times more likely to experience foot problems such as bunions, corns, rheumatoid arthritis and more.
- There’s a Guinness record for the most feet
During 15 years of working in a lab testing Dr. Scholl products, Madeline Albrecht was reported to have sniffed over 5,600 feet and unknown number of armpits, earning her a Guinness World Record for the number of feet and armpits sniffed!
Now you’re a little more aware of how fascinating feet really are – so make sure you treat yours well!