Fun Facts About Feet

Just because schools out it doesn’t mean the learning has to stop! At Perth Corrective Orthotics I think feet are amazing. After you read all these fun facts, I’m sure you’ll agree.

The foot and ankle are a complex mechanical structure made up of 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

The average person takes 8,000-10,000 steps each day. That adds up to approximately 115,000 miles in a typical lifetime—the equivalent to circling the globe more than four times!

Your feet have about 250,000 sweat glands which produce up to half a pint of perspiration each day.

There are approximately 8,000 nerves in the feet—that’s more per square centimetre than any place else on your body.

Toenails grow more slowly than fingernails—approximately 1 mm per month. It takes 5-6 months to grow an entirely new toenail.

In an average day of walking, your feet experience forces totalling hundreds of tons—the equivalent of a fully-loaded cement truck.

Women experience foot problems four times more often than men. This is largely attributed to shoe choice. High heels and toes with pointy, narrow toe boxes cause multiple foot issues.

Babies’ feet grow rapidly. By age one, most have reached nearly half of their adult size.

Babies are born with flat feet.

Rarely are two feet on a person the same size.

Feet are largest at the end of the day.

As incredible as our feet and ankles are, they do get injured and develop painful medical conditions. In fact, it’s estimated that 75% of people will experience foot pain at some point during their lifetime.

These include hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, heel spurs, blisters, bunions, corns and calluses, claw and hammer toes, ingrown toenails, toenail fungus, and athlete’s foot, these can develop from neglect, ill-fitting shoes, and simple wear and tear.

That’s why I do what I do. I will examine your feet and if you are experiencing any pain or have uncomfortable symptoms in your feet, ankles, knees, hips or back, I will offer you none invasive solutions.

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