Facts About Feet

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Our feet have very important task in supporting our whole body. For a small body part, each of our foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments and 250,000 sweat glands.

Fact 1:
For a person who engages in non-strenuous activity, he/she walks approximately 4 miles everyday or 115,000 miles in his/her entire lifetime .

Fact 2:
All babies’ feet have a pad of fat when they are born which looks cute and chubby. This fat will eventually form an arch as they grow into adults and will start to show by the time a child turns 2 ½ years old and the skin in the feet will also get tougher. It was observed that the skin in our foot soles are the thickest next to the palms of our feet .

Fact 3:
Wearing if high heels places the feet in an odd position which affects the foot and posture. While prolonged walking on heels puts stress on the back and neck resulting to permanent posture change. Women who have been using high heels during work for years will feel pain when they wear flat shoes .

Fact 4:
70% of women who wear shoes that are too small for their size will suffer osteoarthritis problems in their feet after they reach 60. As a person gets older, the feet tends to spread and foot problems often appear during 40s, 50s and 60s after years of wearing the wrong footwear size .

Fact 5:
Matthew McGrory holds the Guinness Book of World Records for being the tallest actor at 7’6 inches; to have the largest toe and largest feet not caused by elephantitis. One foot measures 17 inches and the other 17.5 inches. He was an active actor in Hollywood from 1999 to 2005 .

Fact 6:
Madeline Albrecht from Cincinatti, USA holds the records for the most feet and armpit sniffed. She worked for fifteen years for the Hill Top Research Laboratories in Cincinatti, Ohio, USA, a testing laboratory for the products of Dr. Scholl. She had sniffed about 5,600 feet and an undetermined number of armpits during her career .

Fact 7:
According to Susan Cachel, an anthropologist at Rutgers University in New Jersey, wearing shoes has affected the feet since the start of 20th century. Wearing tight shoes has caused bunions, a painful enlargement of the bones or tissue in the big toe.

It was observed that people who don’t wear shoes have wider feet and bigger gap between the big toe and the other toes.Women who often wear high heels have smaller calf muscles .

Fact 8:
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, the best time to buy shoes is in the afternoon since the feet tend to swell during the day, it ensures a proper fit. It is also helpful to have your feet measured in the shoe store. They also advised to always try shoes on both feet and since one foot is larger than the other, always try shoes with the larger foot .

Fact 9:
The human foot has 26 small bones, 100 ligaments and a network of muscles, nerves and blood vessels. It has 33 joints and 20 muscles that are being used for motion and stability of each foot .

Fact 10:
Peripheral Vascular Disease (disease of the arteries of the feet and legs) biggest contributory factor is through cigarette smoking. The disease causes pain when walking, ulcers and infections like gangrene which often results to amputation .

In Australia, there 10,000 new cases of PVD annually and about 70,000 Australians are living with the disease. In 2002, more than 2,500 died from the the said disease .

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