Foot Fact #1
There are approximately 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet. Sweat glands in the feet excrete as much as a half-pint of moisture a day. Excess moisture can cause (and exacerbate) many skin-related problems such as athletes foot, fungal nails, eczematous conditions, and many dermatoses.
Foot Facts #2
60-70% of people with Diabetes will develop some form of nerve and/or circulation-related foot problems within their life time.
Foot Facts #3
Ingrown nails and heel pain are the most common foot problems (re)searched through the internet. Which mirrors the most common problems treated in a foot specialist’s office?
Foot Facts #4
Standing in one spot is far more tiring than walking. The reason for this is that demands are being made on the same few muscles for a length of time.
Foot Facts #5
The soles of your feet contain more sweat glands and sensitive nerve-endings per square centimeter than any other part of your body.
Foot Facts #6
Combined….there is over 60 joints, 200 ligaments, and 35 muscles in your feet.
Foot Facts #7
Each foot contains 26 bones (x 2 feet = 52 bones)…almost ¼ of the total bones in your body.
Foot Facts #8
During an average day of walking, the total forces on your feet can total hundreds of tons. Equivalent to the average weight of a cement truck fully loaded!!
Foot Facts #9
Women are four times more likely to experience foot problems than men.
Foot Facts #10
About 19 percent of the US population has an average of 1.4 foot problems each year. This is based on statistics from the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Foot Facts #11
75% of Americans will experience foot problems at some time in their lives. Incidence varies with age. Over 50% of people over the age of 50, and approximately 35% between the ages of 18-24.
Foot Facts #12
The average person takes approximately 8-10,000 steps/day and will walk almost 115,000 miles in his/her lifetime. This is equivalent to about 4.5 times around the earth.
- 3 out of 4 Americans experience serious foot problems in their lifetime.
- The foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles.
- 1/4 of all the bones in the human body are down in your feet. When these bones are out of alignment, so is the rest of the body.
- Only a small percentage of the population is born with foot problems.
- Its neglect and a lack of awareness of proper care - including ill fitting shoes - that bring on problems.
- Women have about four times as many foot problems as men. High heels are partly to blame.
- Walking is the best exercise for your feet. It also contributes to your general health by improving circulation, contributing to weight control, and promoting all-around well being.
- Your feet mirror your general health. Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in the feet - so foot ailments can be your first sign of more serious medical problems.
- Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in America. It limits everyday dressing, climbing stairs, getting in and out of bed or walking - for about 7 million Americans.
- About 60-70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of diabetic nerve damage, which in severe forms can lead to lower limb amputations.
- Approximately 56,000 people a year lose their foot or leg to diabetes.
- There are 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet. Sweat glands in the feet excrete as much as a half-pint of moisture a day.
- Walking barefoot can cause plantar warts. The virus enters through a cut.
- The two feet may be different sizes. Buy shoes for the larger one.
- About 5% of Americans have toenail problems in a given year.
- The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles over a lifetime. That's enough to go around the circumference of the earth four times.
- There are currently more websites on the Internet having to do with foot fetishes than with foot health.
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