LegTastic – Leg Fun Facts – Amazing, Incredible, Interesting Facts about Foot, Legs, Toes…

LegTastic – Leg Fun Facts – Amazing, Incredible, Interesting Facts about Foot, Legs, Toes…

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Legs & People

  • Svetlana Pankratova from Russia, is thought to be the woman with the longest legs in the world at 132 cm.
  • Michael Flatley, star of Riverdance had his legs insured in 1999 for $40 million.
  • Rihanna has insured her long legs for $1 million dollars.
  • In 1836, Mexican General Santa Anna held an elaborate state funeral for his amputated leg.
  • Leonardo da Vinci invented an alarm clock that woke the sleeper gently by rubbing his feet.
  • George IV (1762–1830) is said to have been the first person to wear a pair of shoes specially tailored for his right and left feet.
  • Stalin’s were webbed – Joseph Stalin suffered from syndactyly, where multiple digits are fused together. In layman’s terms, the toes (or fingers) are webbed. There’s no evidence that the condition causes any problems, nor does it improve swimming ability, as might be expected. Other famous sufferers of syndactyly are Dan Aykroyd and Ashton Kutcher.

Sizes & Dimensions

  • In the morning our feet are smaller – In the evening, the volume of a human foot usually increases; the difference in the morning and evening sizes of the foot can reach up to 8%. Therefore, if you want to buy new shoes, do it in the afternoon.
  • Women’s shoes are dangerous – Every 2 cm of the heel height increase the pressure on the toes by 25%. About 90% of women wear the shoes that are too tight. Therefore, problems with feet occur four times more often in women than in men. Don’t you believe? Check it by yourself!

Longest, Smallest…

  • The body’s longest muscle is the sartorius. It is a strap-like, narrow muscle which runs all the way from the hip to the knee.
  • The oldest shoes – The oldest pair of shoes was found in Armenia during the excavations of Areni cave in September 2008. The finding dates back to the Chalcolithic period (3,600-3,500 BC). Those were soft pointed shoes that practically did not differ from the shoes worn in Armenian villages not so long ago.

Numbers, Numbers, Numbers…

  • The American Podiatric Medical Association states the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which add up to 115,000 miles in a lifetime – more than 4 times the circumference of the globe.
  • A human foot & ankle is a strong, mechanical structure that contain 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons & ligaments.
  • The 52 bones in your feet make up one quarter of all the bones in your body. When they are out of alignment, so is the rest of your body.
  • There are approximately 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet, and they excrete as much as half a pint of moisture each day.
  • Millipedes, even though their names mean ‘a thousand feet’, have fewer legs than that.
  • About 55 percent of women and 45 percent of men in the United States suffer from some type of vein problem including varicose and spider veins in their lower extremities.
  • There are 5 long bones, metatarsals, in each foot
  • Each foot has 33 joints, 31 tendons, 19 muscles, and 107 ligaments.
  • If you wear shoes with 2 ½ inch heels, the pressure on the ball and pad of you feet increases by 75%. Imagine how much greater that pressure is in 3 or 4 inch heels?
  • A child is usually about 2 ½ years old before arches begin to show up.
  • Approximately 250,000 sweat glands in your feet, combined, can release about 8 ounces (one cup) of moisture each day.
  • The normal foot has 26 bones providing structural support, 28 bones when you include the 2 large sesamoid bones.
  • An additional 14 to 26 smaller sesamoid bones can be found in various other parts of each foot.
  • The foot is an intricate structure containing 26 bones. Thirty-three joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and tendons hold the structure together and allow it to move in a variety of ways.
  • The 52 bones in your feet make up about one quarter of all the bones in your body.
  • There are approximately 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet, and they excrete as much as half a pint of moisture each day.
  • A 2½-inch high heel can increase the load on the forefoot by 75%.
  • About 60-70% of diabetics will develop some form of diabetic nerve damage, which in severe forms can lead to diabetic lower limb amputation. Approximately 56,000 people a year lose their foot or leg due to diabetes.
  • The foot accounts for 25% of the bones in the human body.
  • The feet can contract an array of nasty diseases from communal showers: Planter Wart, Athletes foot, Ring worm!
  • A human foot & ankle is a strong, mechanical structure that contain 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons & ligaments.
  • The 52 bones in your feet make up one quarter of all the bones in your body. When they are out of alignment, so is the rest of your body.
  • Humans have nearly 8000 nerves in our feet.
  • The most expensive shoes ever, Dorothy’s shoes from the Wizard of OZ, sold for $660,000.
  • The oldest preserved shoe, incidentally, is 5500 years old and was found in an Armenian cave.
  • Compared to fingernails, toenails grow much more slowly – about 1mm a month.
  • Fingernails and toenails grow faster during hot weather, pregnancy and teenage years.
  • The record for the world’s largest feet belongs to Matthew McGrory who wears US size 28 1/2.
  • Syndactyly is a condition in which multiple digits are fused together; essentially it’s webbed toes or fingers.
  • Sixty million Americans or 25% of the U.S. population have flat feet.
  • In the Middle East heels were added to shoes to lift the foot from the burning sand.
  • Feet are at their largest at the end of the day.
  • The oldest preserved shoe is 5,500 years old and was found in an Armenian cave.
  • 9 out of 10 women wear shoes that are too small for their feet.
  • During an average day of walking, the forces on your feet can total hundreds of tons, equivalent to an average of a fully loaded cement truck.
  • 65 out of 1,000 people get corns or calluses on their feet.
  • About 20-30% of the world’s population have Morton’s Toe, a foot condition in which the second toe is longer than the big toe.

Animals & Birds

  • When horses break their legs, they usually have to be euthanased. The main reason for this is that horses immediately tend to put stress on the broken leg, so it can’t heal.
  • The most interesting facts about legs is that an elephant is the only land creature that cannot hop – its bodyweight is just too much for any joint to endure that force.
  • An elephant is the only land mammal that cannot jump – its bodyweight is simply too much for any joint to survive that impact.
  • Butterflies taste with their feet, gannets incubate eggs under their webbed feet and elephants use their feet to hear – they pick up vibrations of the earth through their soles.
  • Although centipedes have been extensively studied for more than a century, not one has ever been found that has exactly a hundred feet. Some have more, some less.
  • Squirrels and dogs have sweaty feet: their sweat glands are between the footpads and paws between toes,; when they get hot or excited they leave wet tracks. They also use foot sweat to mark their territorial trees.

Legs & Professions

  • Actors, before they go on stage, are often told ‘to break a leg’. This reflects an old superstition in which it is bad luck to wish someone good luck, so the opposite is done.
  • Entire professions are devoted to feet: Foot Reflexologist, Podiatrist, Podopaediatrics, Foot Hygienist, Podiatric Nurse, Pedorthist, Reflexognosist, Pedicurist, and of those biomechanical specialists who work for companies that make shoes for people with special needs.

Running & Walking

  • Running will form leg muscles faster and better than any other form of exercise since running uses ALL of the leg muscles. Each single muscle in the legs is use. Your shoes should be at ease and light with hold up in both the heels and the toes. If you aren’t running outside, a fine running exercises on the treadmill in a small span of time is effectual with space training. Warm up for 5 minutes and then take manually from changeable degrees of strength by intermingle jogging, walking and run. The answer is to not fully rest in between the high concentration period.
  • It is better to walk than to stand – While walking, the body resistance is increased by several times compared with the stability when you stand. This biomechanical phenomenon has not been studied yet, but it explains the fact why standing is much more tiring than walking.
  • Walking is the most affordable and safest form of exercise. That is why doctors often prescribe walking as a primary means of medical training. Some researchers believe that walking is even better than jogging in terms of its effect on the body.
  • During an average day of walking, the total forces on your feet can total hundreds of tons, equivalent to an average of a fully loaded cement truck.
  • Walking is the best exercise for your feet. It contributes to your general health by improving circulation and weight control.

Diseases & Ailments

  • Foot ailments can become your first sign of more serious medical problems. Your feet mirror your general health, so conditions like arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in your feet.
  • Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in America, including in your feet.
  • Heel pain and ingrown toenails are the most common problems researched.
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a very common reason for feeling pain and burning in their feet.
  • Foot diseases may be the first indicator of more complicated medical issues. The state of your feet reflects your general health, and so conditions such as diabetes, circulatory disorders, nerve issues and arthritis can manifest their initial symptoms through your feet.
  • The services of podiatric physicians are four times less costly than those of the other physicians.
  • About 19 percent of the population in the United States has approximately 1.4-foot problems every year.
  • Studies show arthritis is the leading cause of disability in America, and this includes disability of the feet.
  • The most common problems affecting people are ingrown toenails and heel pain.
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is the common reason most people feel pain or a burning sensation in their feet.
  • Knee-deep in ways to repair and replace it – Most modern knee replacements involve placing a metal cap over the end of the thigh bone, a plastic surface on top of the shin bone and a plastic kneecap; all held in place by cement or by new bone growth. The surgery is said to offer an improvement in mobility and quality of life similar to that seen after heart bypass surgery, though surgeons acknowledge that the joints don’t last forever, may offer limited bending and sometimes loosen or click and crunch. Repair can involve cartilage transplant from your own body or a deceased donor, or insertion of carbon fibre patches.
  • Amputation: below-the-knee, above-the-knee, through the knee? – Below the knee is best because the knee is preserved, but if injury or gangrene necessitate removal of at least part of the knee, is half a knee better than none? Through-knee amputations preserve the thighbone part of the knee, cutting between the thigh and shin bones. This can be advantageous for children because the end of the thigh bone can keep growing, and much more of the thigh muscle is preserved, allowing for a stronger leg.
  • Arthritis is one of the most common knee diseases and occurs when the surfaces of the thigh and shin bone that make up the knee become rough due to wear and tear, inflammation, infection or gout.
  • ‘Housemaid’s knee’ and ‘clergyman’s knee’ are swellings at the front of the knee caused by excessive kneeling.
  • A misaligned spine, lower backache, headaches, indigestion, and other health issues can be traced to problems with your feet.
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease of the arteries of the feet and legs can lead to pain on walking, ulceration, infection, and in severe cases—gangrene and possible amputation. Its primary cause is cigarette smoking.
  • Neuropathy, disease or dysfunction of peripheral nerves in the feet and legs, typically causes numbness or weakness.
  • Reflexologists, by being on the lookout for any of these symptoms, can help doctors arrive at an early diagnosis and treatment for either of the above conditions.
  • Going barefoot, especially on wet grass, soil, or sand, known as “earthing,” is excellent for your feet, joints, and other health benefits. Some studies have indicated these health benefits come from our bodies’ drawing electrons from the earth.
  • Women have about four times as many foot problems as men; lifelong patterns of wearing high heels often are the culprit.
  • Toenail fungus is so stubborn – If your toenails have started to discolor or are becoming thicker and more brittle, chances are fungus is to blame.
  • Gout often begins in the big toe – Henry VIII of England as painted by Hans Holbein the Younger. King Henry was reputed to have suffered from gout. The disease, a form of arthritis where sharp uric acid crystals build up in the body, frequently appears first as pain and swelling in the big toes, though researchers aren’t entirely sure why this is. Though long known as the “disease of kings” because it afflicted those with access to rich food and drink, gout is increasingly common among us, er, commoners.
  • Toe prosthetics date back to the Egyptians – Humans have been figuring out ways to work around faulty toes for centuries. Researchers at Manchester University’s KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology found a wood and leather prosthetic of a big toe on the mummified foot of a 50- to 60-year-old woman who had undergone a toe amputation. Dating to the first millennium BCE, it’s known as “the Cairo Toe.”
  • In yoga, the “legs up the wall” pose not only relieves tired or cramped legs, but it also eases anxiety and stress.
  • You may decrease the risk of having injuries by performing exercise on the legs regularly. Moreover, you can also increase the muscle length. Other benefits are decreasing the muscle soreness, improve the flexibility, and increase the muscle strength.
  • There’s a reason stubbing your toe hurts so much – Toes are loaded with numerous nerve-ending receptors called nociceptors that are highly sensitive to actual and potential tissue damage.
  • Foot ailments can become your first sign of more serious medical problems. Your feet mirror your general health, so conditions like arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in your feet.
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a very common reason for feeling pain and burning in their feet.
  • Over 2 million Americans seek treatment for plantar fasciitis (heel pain) each year.
  • Foot disorders in the elderly are extremely common and are the cause of much pain and disability, and consequent loss of mobility and independence.
  • Foot ailments can become your first sign of more serious medical problems. Your feet mirror your general health, so conditions like arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in your feet.
  • Your feet can clue you in to your overall health – For example, if the hair on your toes suddenly disappears and the skin on your feet gets thinner or shiner, peripheral arterial disease (PAD)—poor circulation caused by a buildup of plaque in the leg arteries—may be to blame. PAD is a major red flag for heart problems or a stroke because clogged arteries in the legs are usually associated with blockages elsewhere in the body. Also look out for extremely dry skin and foot ulcers that don’t heal; they may be triggered by undiagnosed diabetes since high blood glucose levels decrease sweat and oil production.
  • People with diabetes need to take special care of their feet – If you have diabetes, check your feet daily for blisters, cuts, redness, and ulcers. If wounds are neglected, you might get an infection, which could lead to serious consequences, including amputation. It’s not rare: Every year, more than 70,000 Americans with diabetes lose a foot. “Diabetics who lose a foot have a 50% chance of dying within 5 years,” warns Bradley A. Levitt, DPM, a podiatrist in Virginia Beach.
  • Typically in a person’s 30-40’s, the natural fat pads on the bottoms of the feet made from collagen & elastin gradually thin out, causing foot pain by the end of the day unless properly cushioned footwear is worn.
  • Dancing on them sure can hurt – Ballerinas are famous for their incredible ability to dance “en pointe,” or on their toes. The technique requires not just strength in the digits, but also support throughout the body to stay straight. Not surprisingly, though, dancing en pointe carries a great deal of risk with it. The Wikipedia article has a long list of potential injuries; among them are tendonitis, dermatitis, hammer toes, stress fractures and bunions.
  • Complications of diabetes include poor circulation and nerve damage that can lead to serious skin ulcers, which sometimes require amputation of toes or feet. In 2010 alone, 73,000 lower-limb amputations were performed on diabetics.
  • Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries in sports. Because the inner ankle is more stable than the outer ankle, the foot is likely to turn inward from a fall (ankle inversion) which results in an ankle sprain.
  • Your feet mirror your general health. 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 medical problems.
  • Corns and calluses are caused by friction and pressure from skin rubbing against bony areas when wearing shoes. If the first signs of soreness are ignored, corns and calluses rise up as nature’s way of protecting sensitive areas.

Footwear

  • The American Podiatry Medical Association says buying shoes is best done during the afternoon. Your feet tend to swell a little during the day, and it’s best to buy shoes that fit then.
  • Why do shoes smell bad? – Our feet have approximately 250,000 sweat glands, which produce about 400 ml of sweat per day. In fact, sweat does not have the pronounced smell that sometimes shoes are marked by. Socks and shoes are the perfect warm and moist environment for bacteria that cause a bad smell.
  • The only shoe museum in North America is located in Toronto. This museum showcases shoes spanning over 4,500 years.
  • Sneakers were first made in America in 1916. They were originally called keds.
  • In Europe it wasn’t until the 18th century that women’s shoes were different from men’s.
  • In Europe, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries heels on shoes were always colored red.
  • Shoe size in Britain is measured in Barleycorns a unit of measurement that stretches back to Anglo-Saxon times.
  • The first foot coverings were probably animal skins, which Stone Age peoples in northern Europe and Asia tied around their ankles in cold weather.
  • Walking barefoot can cause plantar warts. The virus enters through a cut.
  • The two feet may be different sizes. Buy shoes for the larger one.
  • By wearing a 2.5-inch high heel, you’re increasing the load on your forefoot by 75 percent.
  • The measuring device in shoe shops is called a Brannock Device, after the inventor who designed it in the Twenties. Mr Brannock worked for the company all his life and ensured the devices were built to last. The firm is still going strong.
  • Every time you purchase shoes, you should have your feet measured . . . while standing.

Surprising Stuff

  • By the time the average person is 70-years-old, he/she will have walked the equivalent of three to four times around the earth.
  • For many people, one foot is slightly bigger than the other. Up to 60 percent of the population doesn’t have feet of the same size, and 80 percent of these have a larger left foot. But this doesn’t mean they should wear different sized shoes.
  • The average foot gets two sizes longer when a person stands up.
  • Ironically, Western women started wearing heels to effect a more masculine look: European men adopted the look from Persian warriors in the 17th century, and women soon followed suit.
  • Feet are one of the most ticklish parts of the body – There’s a good reason for that: Humans have nearly 8000 nerves in our feet and a large number of nerve endings near the skin. Having ticklish feet can be a good sign: reduced sensitivity can be an indicator of neuropathy.
  • On an average day of walking, the forces on your feet can sum up to hundreds of tons, which may equate to the weight of a truck loaded with cement.

Weird Stuff

  • Your big toe and genitals are neighbours…in your brain  – The somatosensory cortex of your brain receives sensory information from all over the body. The part of the cortex that receives input from your feet happens to adjacent to the area that receives information from your genitals.
  • This proximity might explain foot fetishes – Vilayanur Ramachandran, director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego theorizes that foot fetishes could possibly result from a cross-wiring in the brain between the foot and the genital sensory centers.
  • There’s a guinness world record for most feet and armpits sniffed – Finally, reflect for a moment on grateful you are for your job. Because odds are you don’t have any tasks nearly as revolting as this one: In the 15 years that Madeline Albrecht worked for an Ohio lab that tests Dr. Scholl products, she sniffed more than 5600 feet and untold numbers of armpits. Albrecht currently holds the Guinness World Record for—yes, this is a category—the number of feet and armpits sniffed.
  • There was a foot cheese exhibition in Ireland – Warm, sweaty feet make a perfect home for bacteria, which feed on our dead skin cells and produce gases and acids that emit those arresting foot odors. They’re apparently also good at cultivating cheese. An exhibition in Dublin in 2013 displayed a variety of cheeses made with bacteria samples obtained from real people’s feet, armpits, and belly buttons. Delicious. We are relieved to know that no one actually ate any of the cheeses.

It’s a Fact!

  • When correctly aligned, your foot arch will support 6 times your body weight!
  • The soles of your feet contain more sweat glands and sensory nerve endings per square centimeter than any other part of the body.
  • 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.
  • The average person takes between 6,000 and 9,000 steps every day (studies suggest walking 10,000 steps a day)
  • When correctly aligned, your foot arch will support 6 times your body weight!
  • The leg bone is the fastest growing bone in the human body.
  • If your whole foot touches the floor when you stand, you have flat feet. Young children usually have them, because their foot bones, tendons, and ligaments haven’t yet formed arches.
  • It’s normal for some people to never develop arches, but flat feet can cause pain. On the other hand, well-aligned flat feet can be helpful, because they support the body’s weight over a bigger area.
  • Toenails much more slowly than fingernails do.
  • Skin on the soles of your feet is thicker than it is anywhere else on you.
  • The male and female legs are different. The males have longer tibial and femur length. However, the greater tibiofemoral angles and hip anteversion are found on the female legs.
  • Our feet are home to about a quarter of all the bones in our bodies – There are 26 bones in each foot—one less than in each hand. When we’re born, those bones are mostly cartilage. The bones in our feet only completely harden around age 21.
  • Humans have worn shoes for a very long time – When did humans begin wearing shoes, anyway? About 40,000 years ago, according to research from Washington University in St. Louis that analyzed foot bones from Neanderthals and early humans. Older specimens had thicker, stronger toes, likely from gripping the ground as they walked barefoot. That’s around the same time that the archaeological record shows a plethora of artistic and technological advancements among early humans, including the first stone tools, which may have aided in the production of shoes. The oldest preserved shoe, incidentally, is 5500 years old and was found in an Armenian cave, buried in sheep dung.
  • The big toe used to be a kind of foot thumb  – This grasping toe helped our predecessors climb trees and, when young, grip onto their mothers. Thanks to modern science, if you lose your thumb, you can now replace it with a toe: toe-to-thumb transplants are a surprisingly common procedure these days.
  • Foot sizes and widths are increasing – Feet are spreading to support extra weight as our populations pack on the pounds. According to a 2014 study by the College of Podiatry in the UK, the average foot has increased two sizes since the 1970s. As people have grown taller and heavier, feet respond by growing. It appears many people are still in denial about their expanding feet, though: Though retailers are starting to respond by making larger and roomier shoes, half of women and a third of men reported they buy poorly fitting shoes. Podiatrists say ill-fitting shoes are to blame for a significant portion of foot problems, especially among women.
  • There’s a reason grandpa’s toenails look like that – Ever heard someone describing their toenails as “horse hooves”? As we get older, our toenails tend to thicken, making them hard to trim. This happens because toenails grow more slowly as we age, causing the nail cells to accumulate. Stubbing toes, bad shoes, and dropping things on your feet can also cause thickening, as can fungal infections and peripheral arterial disease, which narrows arteries and reduces the blood flow to limbs.
  • According to Craig Stanford, Californian anthropologist, “Of more than 250 species of primates, only one goes around on two legs,” and that’s us, humans. We can walk on two legs so easily because our knees can fully extend and ‘lock’. Chimps cannot do this on two legs, so when they try to walk upright they have to use a huge amount of muscle power to support their body weight and end up rocking back and forth in the process, before resorting to four legs again.
  • Knee houses a unique type of bone – The kneecap is an example of sesamoid bone: a bone that is strangely buried within a tendon or muscle. Other examples are found in the wrist, foot and hand. The kneecap protects the joint, and, by attaching to the quadriceps muscle (‘quads’), helps knee straightening. Its Latin name is patella (meaning ‘small plate’) and the kneecap is not hardened until toddlers are at least 3 years old.
  • Knee has the largest joint in the body, and also the most complicated: like the elbow, it is a hinge, allowing the joint to bend and straighten. However, the knee joint can also rotate slightly, mostly when the leg is bent, owing to the workings of the hamstrings, the sartorius (the longest muscle in the body) and the biceps muscle (the leg not the arm variety).
  • Toes can replace your fingers – Since fingers and toes are both digits, they should be interchangeable, right? Well, in toe-to-hand surgery, toes can be used to replace missing fingers. The method was first used on humans in 1975 and is now widely used. Not every finger can be replaced, but often the big toe can be used for a missing thumb.
  • The Egyptians knew how to replace them – Even though a missing toe won’t cause significant problems, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be replaced. In fact, toe prosthetics could date back as far as 3,000 years. Explorers found a mummy in Egypt with a leather and wood contraption that is believed to be a prosthetic toe. The “Cairo Toe” dates back to between 1069 BC and 664 BC and predates the earliest known prosthetic by at least 700 years.
  • You can wrestle them – If you can arm wrestle and thumb wrestle, doesn’t it just make sense that you can toe wrestle. Since 1993, the English village of Wetton has played host to the World Toe Wrestling Championship, a contest with too many toe puns to repeat. Contestants simply lock toes in a ring, then try to push each other out in a three-round toe-down (get it?). Despite the cult popularity of the sport, it was rejected by the IOC when organizers applied for inclusion in the Olympics. The sport was dominated in the last decade by Paul Beech, who nicknamed himself “The Toeminator.”
  • People have had as many as 13 – The Guinness Book of World Records currently lists a tie for the most number of fingers and toes at 25. Two Indian boys, Pranamya Menaria and Devendra Harne, each have 12 fingers and 13 toes thanks to polydactilism, a congenital condition that results in extra digits. Polydactilism occurs in about one in every 500 births and can be treated. Marilyn Monroe is rumored to have been born with an extra toe on her left foot, but the proof is iffy.
  • Surgeons can make thumbs out of big toes – It’s much easier to live without a big toe than it is a thumb. That’s why surgeons have begun to master a procedure called a toe-to-thumb transfer in which they replace injured or severed thumbs with big toes. While it sounds gruesome, it’s a life-changing operation that can significantly improve people’s quality of life, and ability to grip things again. They sometimes use other toes as well (warning: graphic images).
  • Losing your big toe won’t stop you from getting around – While your gait may become uneven, losing a big toe—or even two—won’t prevent you from running, walking, or dancing. It will take some getting used to, but your feet are remarkably adaptable even without big toes.
  • The length of your toes is a big deal  – If your second toe is longer than your first toe (that’s the case for an estimated 20 to 30% of Americans), you’re at increased risk for bunions, hammer toes (ones that are bent downward), and even back problems due to how you distribute pressure throughout your body, says Robert F. Weiss, DPM, director of the Foot & Ankle Institute at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut. “All the weight should push off your first toe, but when the second one is longer, it rolls and flattens, causing all kind of foot problems,” he explains. If you do have this condition (called Morton’s toe), talk to your podiatrist about the best kind of footwear for the shape of your feet, since ill-fitting shoes make the condition worse.
  • Most people in Britain had to wait until around 1850 for shoes made for right and left feet.]
  • Research shows that mosquitoes prefer biting people with smelly feet.
  • As a person’s income increases, the prevalence of foot problems decreases.
  • There are times when you’re walking that the pressure on your feet exceeds your body weight, and when you’re running, it can be three or four times your weight.
  • Toenails grow super slow, but they can grow super long – Toenails grow much slower than fingernails — 1 millimeter per month, compared to 0.1 millimeters per day.
  • The soles of your feet contain more sweat glands and sensory nerve endings per square centimeter than any other part of the body.
  • During an average day of walking, the total forces on your feet can total hundreds of tons, equivalent to an average of a fully loaded cement truck.
  • The first boots were made for Queen Victoria in 1840
  • Madeline Albrecht holds the world record for most feet sniffed at 5,600.
  • Akshat Saxena holds the world record for having the most toes with 10 digits one each foot!
  • 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.
  • A quarter of all the bones in your body are found in your two feet.
  • The thickest skin in the human body is located in the feet
  • Most people have one foot larger than the other; it’s rare for both feet to be exactly the same length.
  • Toenails are, structurally, modified hairs made of a tough protective protein.
  • Toenails grow faster in hot weather,
  • Toenails also grow more rapidly during pregnancy, and in children before puberty.
  • Babies’ feet are flat and chubby because they are born with a pad of fat where an arch would normally be in an adult’s foot.
  • Why is standing still more tiring than walking? Walking helps circulate the blood. It’s the increased difficulty in circulation when you are standing that causes exhausted feet.
  • The first shoes were invented 5,000,000 years ago during the Ice Age and were made from animal skins.
  • Women are 4 times more likely to have foot problems than men are, mostly due to footwear.
  • About 1-2 of every 1000 children born are reported to have an extra toe.
  • Children’s feet reach about 90% of their adult length by 12 years-of-age.
  • The afternoon is the optimum time to shop for shoes because the feet tend to be more swollen then.
  • Shoe sizes were devised in England by King Edward II who declared in 1324 that the diameter of one barely corn- a third of an inch- would represent one full shoe size. That’s still true today.
  • The pressure on the feet when running can be as much as four times the runner’s body weight.

Health & Legs

  • In yoga, the “legs up the wall” pose not only relieves tired or cramped legs, but it also eases anxiety and stress.
  • Your knee is a very complex joint comprising cartilage, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and it is here that three bones come together – namely the fibula and tibia (lower leg), and the femur (thigh). Your knee consists of two separate joints.

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17 intresting foot facts a simages – http://www.wackyowl.com/17-interesting-facts-feet/

 

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