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Fascinating Foot Facts

Article by Emily Bennett

Each day we use our feet and don’t think twice about it. Whether we’re standing for hours on end, walking around, working or even resting, our feet are always taking the brunt of our day-to-day lives. They do so much for us, but how much do we really know about them? Check out this list of interesting foot facts and learn exactly what your feet do for you day in, and day out.

Did you know??

  • It’s rare that two feet are exactly the same; one of them is often larger than the other.
  • There are 250,000 sweat glands in our feet that can excrete up to a half-pint of moisture daily.
  • Each foot is made up of:
  • During an average day of walking, the total forces on your feet can total hundreds of tons, proportionate to an average of a fully loaded cement truck.
  • On average, Americans encounter 1.4 foot problems each year.
  • The average adult takes 4,000 to 6,000 steps a day, take that, Fitbit!
  • The average person will walk around 115,000 miles in a lifetime, that’s more than 4 times around the Earth.
  • Impact, compression, and puncture are the most common types of foot injuries in the workplace. This is why proper footwear is extremely important.
  • It wasn’t until 1818 that the right shoe was invented in Philadelphia. Until that time, there was no distinction between shoes for left or right feet.
  • Because of feet being their largest at the end of the day, 8 out of 10 Americans experience foot problems as a result of wearing ill-fitting shoes due to feet swelling as the day goes on.
  • The average foot gets two sizes longer when a person stands up.
  • Standing in one spot is far more tiring than walking because the demands are being made on the same few muscles for a longer length of time.
  • Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and nerve and circulatory disorders can often show their initial symptoms in your feet; be sure to pay attention to them, as your feet depict your general health.
  • Surveys suggest that two out of every three workers suffer from some form of a foot problem based on their shoe choice. This could easily be from a slip and fall injury, not having comfortable work shoes, or simply just not following the OSHA Safety Program’s protocol for protective footwear.
  • The height of your arches in your feet can affect the direction your ankles roll; this is often referred to as pronation.

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