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Facts about the feet that will make you say OMG!

Angela Davis

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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The foot is one of the most underappreciated parts of the body.

In a single day, the average person takes 9,000 steps. Here are 10 interesting facts about one of the hardest working parts of the body.

1. Our feet hold around a quarter of all the bones in our body. There are 26 bones in each foot, which is one fewer than in the hand. There are also 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the feet.

2. The foot is one of the most ticklish parts of the body. This is because humans have nearly 8,000 nerve endings in each foot and many of these are very close to the surface of the skin.

3. Foot sizes are increasing around the world. This is thought to be partially due to the fact that our weight is increasing, so the foot spreads to aid in support.

4. Women have four times more foot problems than men. This is often attributed to poor footwear choices, especially high heels.

5. The oldest preserved shoe dates back 5,500 years and was found in a cave in Armenia.

6. It is very rare that a person's two feet are the same size, one is always bigger.

7. Toenails and finge nails grow faster in hot weather, during pregnancy, and during puberty.

8. One pair of feet contains more than 250,000 sweat glands.

9. The world's largest feet belong to Matthew McGrory, who wore an astonishing US size 28 1/2. The average man is a US size 10 1/2.

10. In 2013, there was a foot cheese exhibition in Ireland — yes, foot cheese! A variety of cheeses made with bacteria obtained from human feet, armpits, and belly buttons were on display. I am happy to report that no one actually ate the cheese!

Angela Davis BSc (Hons) DPodM MChS is a podiatrist with offices in Montego Bay (293- 7119), Mandeville (962-2100), Ocho Rios (974-6339), Kingston (978-8392), and Savanna-la-Mar (955-3154). She is a member of the Health and Care Professions Council in the United Kingdom.

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