– Ill fitting shoes – May bring on problems.
– 1/4 of all the bones in the body are in your feet.
– About 5% of Americans have toenail problems in a given year.
– The two feet may be different sizes. Buy shoes for the larger one.
– When these bones are out of alignment, so is the rest of the body.
– Only a small percentage of the population is born with foot problems.
– The foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles.
– 3 out of 4 Americans experience serious foot problems in their lifetime.
– Walking barefoot can cause plantar warts. The virus enters through a cut.
– Walking is the best exercise for your feet. It also contributes to your health.
– Walking improves circulation, helps weight control, and promotes well being.
– Women have about 4 times as many foot problems as men. Choose your shoes wisely!
– There are 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet. Sweat glands in the feet excrete as much as a half-pint of moisture a day.
– Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in America. It limits everyday dressing, climbing stairs, getting in and out of bed or walking – for about 7 million Americans.
– The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles over a lifetime. That’s enough to go around the circumference of the earth four times.
– About 60-70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of diabetic nerve damage, which in severe forms can lead to lower limb amputations. Approximately 56,000 people a year lose their foot or leg to diabetes.
– 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.