Amazing Facts About Your Feet


It’s not surprising that, at Gentle Professional Foot Care, we love feet! It’s partly because we admire these complex structures and how they work to help our patients live the active lives they love. This week, we want to share some fascinating facts about feet that you may not know:

  • Butterflies use their feet to taste and elephants use theirs to hear, picking up vibrations through their soles.
  • One-quarter of all the bones in your body are found in your feet—52, to be exact, in every pair of feet.
  • It’s not at all uncommon to have two different sized feet. (Be sure to buy shoes to fit the larger of your feet.)
  • The soles of your feet contain more nerve endings per square centimeter than any other part of your body.
  • 3 out of 4 Americans will experience foot problems in their lifetime.
  • There are approximately 250,000 sweat glands in each foot. They produce a half pint of sweat each day.
  • Feet are the early warning system of your body. Many conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, peripheral arterial disease, nerve and circulatory disorders show up in your feet first.
  • The average person walks 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day—that adds up to about 115,000 miles over a lifetime, or four times around the earth!
  • The forces on your feet during an average day of walking can equal hundreds of tons—the equivalent of a fully loaded cement truck.
  • Feet have increased an average of 2 sizes since the 1970’s. This is to carry bodies which have also increased in average weight over the same time period.
  • During the first year of life, a baby’s feet grow to almost half of their adult size.

Unlike these facts, foot pain is not fun. If you are experiencing pain in your feet, whether constant or intermittent, sharp or dull, it’s your body telling you something is wrong. Make an appointment at our Venice office (941-493-7999) so that our podiatrist, Dr. Charles A. Suleskey, will track down the source of your discomfort and help you get it resolved as quickly as possible.