Foot Facts - will you walk enough steps to reach the moon during your lifetime?
We've probably all heard foot facts like 1/4 of all the bones in the human body are down in your feet...no? - ok well maybe you haven't, but here are some more interesting facts that you didn't know about your feet!
- During a lifetime the average person will walk more than 250,000 miles. That's the distance from the Earth to the moon!
- Toenails and fingernails grow fastest in hot weather, in pregnancy and during the teen years.
- Runners hit the ground with a force of two and a half times their body weight.
- The ancient Romans were the first to create distinct left and right shoes; previous to that all shoes could be worn on either foot.
- Foot fact - Your average foot gets two sizes longer when you stand up.
- A 2½-inch high heel can increase the load on the forefoot by 75%.
- Shoe sizes were devised in England by King Edward II who declared in 1324 that the diameter of one barleycorn - a third of an inch -would represent one full shoe size. Today, that's still true.
- Foot problems occur in women four times more than in men.
- For two out of every ten people the second toe is the longest.
- The average foot expands about five percent in volume as the day goes on.
- Each foot produces more than a cup of perspiration per day. More when you exercise, at least one pint!
- The most common foot injury is plantar fasciitis which is pain under and in front of the heel. See Heel Pain