Feet, being the most overworked part of your body, do so much for you. Your foot might appear like one well-constructed whole but to one’s surprise, it contains many components— 33 joints, 26 bones, a total of more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and 250,000 sweat glands, to be precise. Fascinating, right? Read on for more feet facts!
Our tootsies, unlike their name suggests, are responsible for a very vital task i.e. supporting our entire body. Surprisingly, they are very susceptible to injuries; from benign problems, like corns and calluses, to major medical issues like diabetic neuropathy. This is only because of all the pressure they take on themselves.
Did you know that in one day, an average individual takes about 8,000 to 10,000 steps? That is similar to taking about four trips around the whole world in a lifetime. Along with being one of the most essential parts of a human body, feet are also one of the most unappreciated ones. Ask yourself this, how much do you actually know about your feet? If the answer is ‘not enough,’ then here are some very fun and amusing facts about feet to help you understand and appreciate them better.
Feet make up one quarter of the total bones in our bodies
Our feet make up of about a quarter of the total bones in our bodies. As mentioned earlier, each of our feet consists of 26 bones, making it a total of 52 bones—just 2 lesser than the bones in our hands.
Ignorance isn’t always bliss
Do you consider yourself as a lazy bum who doesn’t give their feet the care they deserve? Well, if you think you’re the only one who does this, you couldn’t be more wrong. Out of ten, only two people consider the health of their feet regularly basis.
Ticklish feet are nothing to worry about
This is one of our favorite feet facts. Having ticklish feet is nothing to worry about. Your feet are one of the most ticklish parts of your body. They have 8,000 nerves in them, so it figures.
Have you noticed that some people have a second toe that is longer than the big toe? This is a condition called Morton’s Toe. Found in about 20-30% of the world population, it is more common than you think.
Are you one of the cool ones?
Most feet and armpits sniffed-Guinness World Record (yes, you read that right!)
Does your job stink? Not as much as it did for Madeline Albrecht! She was employed in a lab in Ohio that tests Dr. Scholl’s products. She is known to have sniffed an untold number of armpits and more than 5,600 feet and she holds the current Guinness World Record for the category of “Most Feet and Armpits Sniffed”. Not dreading your job now, are you?
Keep it natural
Walking barefoot while letting your feet function in a natural state is the best practice. The forefoot and the heel need to be at the same level, and you need to allow your toes to flex. Make them as comfortable as possible by giving them the importance, care, and attention they deserve! High-heeled shoes elevate your heel and restrict your toe-movement.
Shoe size does not determine femininity
No shoe size can determine your femininity. While extremely small and beautiful feet, like the ones portrayed in movies, are considered to be of the ideal size in the fairy tale world, the reality is quite far from it. A lot of glamorous women have larger feet than the average size. Celebrate and learn to love your feet the way they are; after all, they do so much for you!
Shoe size does not determine penis size-destroying a common feet fact
No, shoe size cannot determine the size of your penis. The belief that foot size has something to with the size of the penis is far from the truth. Recent studies compared measurements of more than 15,000 men from all around the world. The results were quite contradictory to the myth. There are little to no proven theories that link the body mass, height, or shoe size with penis size.
High heels are the culprit
Women are four times more likely to have foot problems than men! Usually, the culprit is high heels, as they change the way one walks and they push the body weight forward increasing the chances of growth of calluses and corns.
Oh, the cost of looking fabulous!
Foot development takes time
Our feet are not completely developed in the womb. Therefore, it takes some time for the arches to form. In females, the average age for feet to stop growing is believed to be around 14 years while in boys it is believed to be around 16.
Walking is the best activity for your feet
Contrary to what most people believe, walking is actually known as the best physical activity for your feet. Not only is it good for the feet but it also provides overall body fitness, boosts blood circulation, and increases the number of calories burned.
Want to count how many steps you’re taking on those lovely feet? Try a FitBit. But we’re warning you, you might get addicted!
We hope these fun feet facts helped you love your feet a little more than before! Don’t take them for granted, instead give them all of the TLC they deserve.