We recently shared a few fun facts about feet. In this physical therapy education article, we are going to share 21 more fun facts about the human foot!
- Over the counter revenue of foot care products sold in the USA:
- 2011 – $453 million
- 2017 – $495 million
- On average, running shoes wear out after 300-500 miles depending on running style, training technique, and environmental conditions.
- ~10% of the population has an extra bone in their foot called an Os Trigonum.
- An increase in shoe flexibility increases risk of turf toe.
- Soccer plays are more likely to develop turf toe on their planting leg vs their kicking leg.
- 85% of all ankle sprains are lateral.
- Ankle ligament injuries constitute 5-25% of all injuries occurring in individual sports.
- More than 40% of ankle sprains can potentially progress to chronic problems.
- The type of sneaker worn during basketball (high top vs low top) has been studied and discovered no relationship to the incidence of injury.
- The ankle joint sustains the greatest load per surface area of any joint in the body.
- Peak forces in the ankle reach 120% of body weight during walking and 275% during running.
- A 180lb man absorbs about 76.2 tons on each foot while walking one mile and about 121.5 tons per foot while running one mile.
- The feet contain 250,000 sweat glands, giving off half a pint of moisture per day.
- It is rare for feet to be the same, typically one is larger than the other.
- The first shoes were invented during the Ice Age and were made from animal skins (5,000,000 years ago!).
- The best time to shoe shop is during the afternoon due to the feet being the most swollen at this time of day.
- A fully developed arch does not occur until age 2.
- Having ticklish feet are a good thing; it means the 8,000 nerves in the feet are working.
- According to Guiness Book of World Records, Jeison Orlando Rodriguez Hernande from Venezuela, holds the current record for the largest feet on a living person. His feet measure 40.55 cm on his right and 40.47cm on his left.
- According to Guiness Book of World Records, Daniel Rose-Levine from Minneapolis, MN holds a record of 16.96 seconds for completing a Rubik’s cube with his feet.
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PT of Costa Rican National Soccer Team for 2007 World Cup in Victoria, CAN. Clinical Instructor for University of Minnesota Doctor of Physical Therapy Affiliations