Feet may come in pairs,
but they are frequently unmatched, sometimes differing as much as a full shoe
size. Unfortunately, shoes are sold in pairs, not mix-n-match. Always buy shoes
to fit the larger foot
Sherlock Holmes was the
master of discerning limps, gender, social standing and foot disorders from
People take an average of
10,000 steps in a day, adding up to about 115,000 miles in a lifetime - enough
to go around the planet more than four times.
- Reflexologists’ believe
that the feet mirror the body, with the toes relating to the head, the ball of
the foot relating to the chest area, down to the heel which relates to the hip
or pelvic region.
There are 250,000 sweat
glands in a pair of feet. Sweat glands in the feet excrete as much as half a
pint of moisture a day.
The feet of a person
weighing 130 pounds absorb 500 pounds of pressure with every step. This impact
reaches about five million pounds of pressure each day.
Shoes are important to
women since they generally average 10 miles a day, outdistancing men who average
only seven miles a day.
Feet are said to be the
"mirror" of an individual's health. Arthritis and circulatory disorders often
reveal their initial symptoms in the lower extremities. The foot also gives
clues about a person - height, weight and gait.
Your two feet contain 52
bones, a quarter of all bones in the body.
Each foot also contains 33
joints, 107 ligaments and nerves, 19 muscles, tendons and blood vessels
Most Americans log 75,000
miles on their feet by age 50.
A 150 pound person walking
one mile exerts the equivalent of 63 1/2 tons, 127,000 pounds - on each foot.
Feet are strong enough to
support up to four times the body's weight during high impact activities, yet
sensitive enough to detect a grain of sand.
Your feet mirror your
general health. According to conventional medical wisdom, 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
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.
Only a small percentage of
the population is born with foot problems.