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Fun Facts About Feet

When August 17th rolls around, podiatrists rejoice – because it’s National I Love My Feet Day. Celebrate with Clifton Foot & Ankle Center by reading these fun and interesting facts about your two feet.

  • Each foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
  • 25% of all your bones are located in your feet.
  • Women are 9 times more likely than men to have foot problems that can be traced to poorly-fitting shoes.
  • High heels contribute to many foot problems, including bunions, neuromas, hammertoes, and Haglund’s deformity (“pump bump”).
  • Plantar fasciitis is the leading cause of heel pain.
  • A qualified podiatrist can determine what’s causing your foot pain by looking at the wear patterns in your shoes.
  • The feet have over 250,000 sweat glands.
  • A baby’s foot is flexible and pliable; the bone structure of a child’s foot isn’t fully formed until about age 8.
  • A collapsed foot arch can cause shin splints.
  • Stretching your calves can relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis.
  • The oldest known leather shoe has a name: Areni-1. It was discovered in a cave in southern Armenia and dated back to 3,500 B.C.
  • Feet can exhibit symptoms of heart disease, poor circulation, diabetes, psoriasis, anemia, and COVID-19.
  • Ingrown toenails are extremely painful. You can avoid them by cutting toenails straight across and not too short.
  • Toenails grow more slowly than fingernails.
  • Your foot is largest at the end of the day – which is why it’s best not to buy new shoes first thing.
  • 75% of all Americans will experience foot problems. That’s way more than other bodily issues – for example, only 22% will get arthritis, and 25% will have knee problems.

Feet are fascinating, complex, and one of the most likely body parts to fail you at some point in your lifetime. When they do, show them some love by contacting board-certified podiatrist Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm.  Our caring podiatrist treats each patient with respect. Y por los hispanohablantes de Fairfax County, nuestro podólogo habla español – Dr. Wilhelm is fluent in Spanish. Call our Centreville office at (703) 996-3000 or make an appointment online.

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