Little Known Facts about Feet and Footwear

At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know that summer is a time for fun, so we’d like to do our part by sharing some interesting podiatric facts.

  • Each day, you take about 8,000-10,000 steps. Over the course of an average lifetime, that will add up to about 115,000 miles. That’s equal to walking around the earth more than four times!
  • Your feet are complex structures that contain 26 bones each—that’s about a quarter of all the bones in your body. 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles all work with those bones to enable you to stand, walk, run, climb and perform other daily functions.
  • The forces exerted on your feet during the course of an average day of walking add up to several tons—the equivalent of a fully-loaded cement truck.
  • The oldest preserved shoe is 5,500 years old and was found in a cave in Armenia.
  • It’s estimated that 75% of Americans will experience a foot problem over the course of their lifetimes.
  • There is only one shoe museum in all of North America. It is located in Toronto, Canada.
  • Studies show that 9 out of 10 women are wearing shoes that are too small for their feet.
  • In America, the average foot size has increased by 2 shoe sizes in the last four decades.
  • The ancient Romans were the first to construct left and right shoes. It wasn’t until after the 18th century in Europe that women’s shoes were different from men’s shoes.
  • There are more sweat glands in your feet per square centimeter than any other part of your body—250,000 in both feet to be precise, and they produce about ½ pint of sweat daily.

Of course, experiencing foot and ankle pain and discomfort is not fun. If your feet hurt or you have any concerning foot or ankle symptoms, don’t delay. Contact our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office so that one of our podiatrists Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw and Dr. Adam Thompson can examine your feet and get to the root of your foot problems quickly.


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