FUN FOOT FACTS
- Approximately 2 out of 10 people consider their foot health regularly. That’s a lot of feet being neglected.
- Feet often reflect your general health. Abnormalities or pain in the feet can often signal more serious health conditions.
- Feet function best in their bare, or natural, state. The foot’s natural shape is when the heel and forefoot are level. Your toes need to flex, extend and spread freely. Shoes commonly elevate the heel and constrict the movement of the toes.
- An ankle sprain is the most common foot ailment, even compared to blisters, calluses, foot fatigue, cracked skin and athlete’s foot!
- Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common forms of foot pain. It affects more than 2 million people a year.
- Rheumatoid arthritis can cause soreness in the joints, including the feet. More than 50 million adults (aged 18 and over) have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Women are more likely to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis at 26 percent, compared to 18 percent of men. (Source: Arthritis Foundation).
- Foot massages can improve your mood and overall health, plus they feel good! For most people, it’s not feasible or practical to visit a masseuse regularly. If you’d like to give your feet frequent pampering, why not consider a foot massaging device for home use. (Did You Know? According to Harvard Health, massage devices from pharmacies or health stores can relax and restore your feet).
- Cigarette smoking is the most significant cause of Peripheral Vascular Disease (disease of the arteries of the feet and legs), which can lead to pain on walking, ulceration and infection. independence (Source: Australian Podiatry Association Vic).
- Two feet rarely are the same; one of them is often larger than the other. A survey conducted by the Pedorthic Footwear Association of the USA, in 1982 of 6000 Adult males and females in 23 cities, showed that they all had mismated feet! (Source: Pedorthic Footwear Association of USA).
- Commonly seen in athletes, shin splints are a cumulative stress disorder caused by repetitive stresses on the bones, muscles and joints in the legs.
FUN FACTS - Did you know???
- Your feet might be the most ticklish part of your body because we have 8,000 nerves in our feet.
- The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body. It is essential for walking and running and connects the muscles in the lower leg with the heel bone.
- Each foot takes 1.5 times your body weight while you walk. When running, your feet take up to five times your weight. Feet are your natural shock absorbers.
- Over the course of a day, your feet take a cumulative force of a couple of hundred tons.
- It takes approximately 12-18 months for a toenail to regrow completely.
- Morton’s toe is the name given to the condition where the second toe is longer than the big toe. It affects 20-30% of the world’s population.
- When we’re born, our feet are underdeveloped, which is why it takes time for arches to form.
- 1 in 1,000 babies is born with an extra toe or finger. The condition is called polydactyly.
- The bones in our feet don’t finish hardening until 21 years of age.
- Although prosthetics have come a long way, the complexity of the human foot and ankle mean it is hard to replicate.
- Shoe sizes were originally measured in barleycorns. This unit of measurement originated in the United Kingdom during the 14th century and is still being used around the world today. Based on the length of a grain of barley, each shoe size adds a third of an inch, corresponding to the fact that there are three barleycorns in an inch
- Recently found in present-day Armenia, the first shoe dates back to 3,500 BC. Made of a single piece of leather.
- Feet are also responsible for some weird and wonderful world records, listed by ‘Guinness World Records’. So unless you have podophobia or fear of feet, have fun reading about some fantastic feats that some feet have achieved!
- Athletic shoes are good for the feet and built to maximise comfort.
- If I’ve broken a bone, I won’t be able to move it.
We hope you’ve learned a bit about your feet. Now you know how hard your feet work every day, we at FlipNFile remind you to take the time to care of them.