Our feet carry us around day to day. They provide us with constant support as we go about our daily tasks – walking into work, chasing children, grocery shopping, working out. They are with us everywhere we go!
But despite all that our feet do for us, and how common they are in each of the tasks we do every day, there’s a lot that we don’t know about them.
Check out these facts about your feet:
They Were Made for Walking
The average pair of feet will walk nearly 250,000 miles in a person’s lifetime. That’s a lot of walking! And even with all of that walking, the feet are often neglected and taken for granted.
Here are a few things you can do to care for your feet to make sure you are able to walk those quarter million miles:
- Foot massages
- Wash them, and then dry them thoroughly
- Trim toenails straight across (not rounded to toe)
- Soak in epsom salts
- Let them breath – take your shoes and socks off when you’re at home.
Problems with the feet, like pain and fungus, affect nearly 60 percent of the population. Some medical conditions can even manifest first in the feet – like diabetes starting as a foot infection or reduced circulation. So, make sure to get to a foot doctor if you are part of the majority who experiences common foot pain.
Some medical conditions can manifest first in the feet – like diabetes starting as a foot infection or reduced circulation.
How Many Bones?
Our feet house a quarter of all the bones in our body – so take care of them! Each foot has 26 bones. Beyond just bones, each foot also contains 33 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles. There are a lot of parts in your feet, so make sure that you are taking the proper precautions to keep them functioning well throughout your life.
This is Why You’re Ticklish
With all of the many parts of the feet, we have almost 8,000 nerves in our feet. That explains why feet are the most ticklish part of the body for many people.
If you have extremely ticklish feet and find that people often come out of nowhere for the tickle attack, here is something you can try to overcome your ticklishness:
Mind over matter – It’s really all in your head (nerves connect to the brain, you know). If you can focus on something else, or on a different part of your body that doesn’t tickle, that might help. If you’ve ever tried to tickle an angry person, you probably know that they don’t tickle easily. So try to change your mood (of course getting angry isn’t the best plan, but you get the idea).
Track Your Steps!
A person should take at least 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy. Do you religiously wear your Fitbit? Then you are right on track! Make 10,000 steps be your goal and your feet will help carry you to a healthier you.
Take Care of the Toes
Toenail problems are often caused by footwear that is too tight. If you find that your toenails are often breaking, maybe try buying larger shoes and looser socks to see if that helps.
Women vs Men
Women have four times as many foot problems as men do. And why could that be? You guessed it, women’s footwear. Many women wear heels, and that can attribute to more feet and joint problems.
What other fun facts do you know about feet?