F is for Foot

April 28, 2013

The Foot, that is what we are here for!


Ten facts about the foot:

  1. Feet have a complex structure: Each foot is composed of 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments, making them incredibly intricate and adaptable structures.
  2. Feet contain a quarter of all the bones in the human body: With 26 bones in each foot, that means the feet contain 52 out of the total 206 bones in the human body.
  3. Feet have thousands of nerve endings: The soles of the feet are rich in nerve endings, with an estimated 7,000 nerve endings in each foot. That’s why foot massages can be so relaxing and pleasurable.
  4. Footprints are unique: Just like fingerprints, footprints are unique to each individual. The ridges, lines, and patterns on the soles of the feet are distinct, and they can be used for identification purposes.
  5. Feet can produce over a pint of sweat per day: The feet have around 250,000 sweat glands, and they can produce more than a pint (500 milliliters) of sweat in a day. This can contribute to foot odor and the growth of bacteria.
  6. Foot size can change throughout the day: The size of the feet can vary slightly throughout the day due to factors such as standing, walking, and changes in temperature. Feet tend to be slightly larger in the afternoon or evening compared to the morning.
  7. Feet are the foundation of posture and balance: The feet play a crucial role in maintaining balance and proper posture. The arches and muscles of the feet provide stability and support for the entire body.
  8. Foot bones harden as we age: The bones in the feet continue to develop and harden until the age of around 21. This is why foot conditions or injuries during childhood can have a long-term impact on foot health.
  9. Feet contain about one-quarter of all the body’s bones: While feet make up only a small percentage of body weight, they contain around 25% of the total number of bones in the human body.
  10. Feet have the potential for incredible strength: Some people develop impressive strength and dexterity in their feet through activities such as dance, martial arts, or barefoot disciplines like yoga or parkour.


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