Your feet are some of the most essential parts of your body because they provide you with balance, posture, support, and transportation. So, caring for them is important to a healthy and active lifestyle. In today's post, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, shares some fun facts about your feet.
- The bones in your feet make up about 25% of the total bones in your entire body.
- The foot has 33 joints and 100 ligaments, tendons, and muscles that all work together to bear weight and help you move.
- The average American takes 3,000 to 4,000 steps per day, meaning by age 70, most people will have walked over 100,000 miles.
- Your toenails grow just 1.6 millimeters in a month. So, if you lose one, it can take as much as a year and a half before it grows back fully.
- The feet have 250,000 sweat glands; on average, they can produce a cup of sweat daily.
- Keeping your feet healthy is essential to overall health; your feet often are a sign of an existing health problem, including:
- The Smithsonian Museum has more than twenty pairs of famous shoes, including the world’s most famous pair, the ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.”
- There are around 8,000 nerves in your feet, so it's not surprising that many people are ticklish on the bottom of their feet. If you are, it’s a good sign because it means all those nerves are firing correctly.
- Even though it is referred to as your big toe, your second toe may be longer. This condition is called Morton’s Toe, affecting approximately 20-30% of the population.
- Approximately one in three women will experience bunions in their lifetime.
We hope you enjoyed these fun facts about your feet! If you need a skilled podiatrist to care for your feet or ankles, you can trust Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936.