40 Foot Facts

  1. 26 bones+33 joints+19 muscles+107 ligaments=1 foot
  2. The bones in the feet make up 25% of the bones in the entire body; the entire body has 206 bones
  3. Not all bones are present at birth; all of the bones begin as cartilage, which will eventually become bone with age; all foot bones should be present and seen on x-ray by 8 years of age
  4. In 80 years, it is estimated that the average person will have walked 108,131 miles
  5. Shoes were first  “invented” 5,000,000 years ago
  6. It was not until the 1850’s that Romans designed a right and left shoe; before then shoes could be worn on either foot
  7. Your feet are slightly larger in the afternoon, making the afternoon the best time to go buy new shoes
  8. Unfortunately, 75% of people will suffer from some type of foot problem in their lifetime
  9. Men are four times less likely than women to have a foot problem; this is partially due to shoe gear
  10. The best exercise for your feet is walking
  11.  Toe nails begin growing at 15 weeks of gestation and do not stop growing until death
  12. Toe nails grow at a rate of 1 mm/month, versus fingernails which grow 3mm/month
  13. Toenails are .5-.7 mm thick
  14. The third toenail is usually the fastest growing
  15. Men, pregnant women, and children have the fastest growing toe nails
  16. Your feet sweat up to half a pint a day via their 250,000 sweat glands
  17. Matthew McGrory holds the world record for the largest feet; he wears size 28.5
  18. The average shoe size for American women is an 8 and American men is a 10
  19. Chinese women bound their feet to make them smaller; the ideal size of foot was 3 inches in length and was called the “Golden Lotus.” Foot binding was banned in 1912
  20. 25 million Americans have onychomycosis, which is foot fungus
  21. Heel pain is the most common foot problem, which is usually due to plantar fasciitis
  22. Heel spurs are usually not painful, but it is the tight ligament that is connecting to the spur that causes the pain
  23. The feet are usually done growing at age 16 for girls and 18 for boys
  24. Going up or down a shoe size will change the size by 1/3 inch
  25. Diabetes mellitus is the most common cause for a non-traumatic lower extremity amputation
  26. The skin on the soles of the feet 15 times thicker than the skin on your face
  27. The world record for the most feet smelled is 5,600 and is held by Madeline Albrecht
  28. 80% of people have a slightly larger left foot compared to the right foot
  29. Running increases the amount of pressure on the feet by 4 times
  30. Standing makes your feet feel more tired more quickly compared to walking; this is because of the constant pressure being applied to the same areas from the standing
  31.  90% of women wear shoes that are too small for their feet
  32. The bottom of the feet have more sensory nerve innervation than any other part of the body, which is why the tickling the feet is the most bothersome to those who are ticklish
  33. Polydactyly refers to more than 5 toes being present on one foot
  34. Syndactyly is when two toes are “glued” together
  35.  After a small fracture injury, it may take up to two weeks to see the fracture on the x-ray
  36. Taking an x-ray is needed if you have stepped on something, but are unable to remove the object from your foot; however, depending on what you stepped on, different types of imaging may be needed, such as ultrasound or MRI in order to best view various foreign material
  37. Not all objects stepped on need to be removed from the foot, because depending on the material the body may be able to break down the material itself or removing the object may cause more harm than leaving it in the foot; each case will be evaluated on an individual basis
  38. The health of your feet often indicates the health of your entire body; some foot problems may lead to the diagnosis of various diseases, especially neuromuscular disorders, such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
  39. Podiatrists are experts in both the foot and ankle due to the schooling and residency training, which takes a minimum of 7 years to complete, so most podiatrist are able to provide non-surgical as well as surgical treatment
  40.  You do not have to live with foot pain, so if you are having pain in any part of your foot visit the Platte Valley Foot and Ankle Clinic for treatment
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