Some Interesting facts about feet
Whether you like to play trivia games or are just curious about feet, here is a list of interesting facts about feet that are sure to delight your next dinner guests!
- On average a person will walk approximately 128,000 kilometres in a lifetime. That equates to more than three times around the world. A very good reason to take care of your feet!
- There are 52 bones in a pair of feet, a quarter of all the bones in the body.
- The foot has thirty three joints,107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons which together form a complex structure and allow you to move in a variety of ways.
- Women during their lifetime have more foot problems than men possibly due to wearing high heels.
- A child usually takes its first steps between 13 to 17 months of age.
- Children’s feet grow rapidly during the first year of life reaching half the size of their adult size. By the age of 12 a child’s foot will be 90% of it’s adult size.
- It is very rare to have both feet the same size; one of them is often bigger than the other.
- When walking, each time the heel lifts off the ground it forces the toes to carry one half of the body’s weight!
- There are 250,000 sweat producing glands in a pair of feet.
- The first known shoes were probably made from animal skin and worn by the Stone Age people in Northern Europe and Asia.
- Foot disorders in the elderly are very common and cause pain and disability.
- Corns and callouses are caused by friction and pressure from skin rubbing against bony areas when wearing shoes.
- Cigarette smoking is the biggest cause of Peripheral Vascular Disease (disease of the arteries of the feet and legs). This often leads to pain on walking, ulceration, infection and in severe cases gangrene which sadly can lead to amputation.
All information on this website is for general guidance only and is not intended as a substitute for the personal medical advice of health care professionals or your own doctor.