What you may not have known about your feet
The feet are one of the most important parts of our movement apparatus. They bear the weight of our entire body and ensure we can move naturally. However, they often only gain our attention when picking out new shoes or if there is a problem, which is a shame. After all, our feet deserve the finest of care. But that’s not what this article about. This time we will focus on some interesting facts about your feet that you perhaps did not know. So, let’s get to it.
10,000 steps a day
Many of you wear smart watches. Among their many features, these watches can count your steps. By the way, every iPhone can also give you a rough estimate. But you would have to keep your phone in your pocket all the time. Regardless, the average person takes about 10,000 steps every day. This means that during your lifetime, you could circumnavigate the globe approximately four times. That’s quite a trek.
Who walks more? Women or men?
Do you think that men walk more than women? Not by a long shot. Women lead in this department hands down. On average they walk four and a half kilometers more each day than men. Now just imagine that you spend all day in high heels. And what if someone constantly paces back and forth nervously?
Do your shoes fit?
You know how it is. Lots of people buy shoes based on how they look instead of how they fit. And do you know what that means? 9 out of 10 women wear shoes that don’t fit their feet properly. Wearing shoes that are too small for your feet can lead to many complications and deformities like hammer toes, bunions or flat feet. Take a look at 5 tried and true tips for choosing shoes correctly.
Right and left? Not until ancient Rome
They all looked the same. At least that’s the way it always was with right and left shoes... until the ancient Romans. The Romans were the first people to start differentiating between right and left shoes. Up until that time it didn’t matter which shoe you put on. Today, if you put the wrong shoes on you would have crooked legs. And did you know that the first shoes worn by humans during the Ice Age roughly five thousand years ago were made of leather?
Nothing but bones in your legs
The entire leg is composed of 37 bones, namely the femur, patella, tibia, fibula, talus, navicular, cuboid and heel bone, 7 tarsal bones, 3 cuneiform bones, 5 metatarsal bones and 14 toe joints. Overall, leg bones represent 25% of the bones of the entire body.
When running it’s as if you weighed 4 times as much
Did you know that when you run, the soles of your feet are subjected to four times your body weight? That’s quite a lot. But it doesn’t mean we don’t recommend running. On the contrary, running can help you improve your fitness, get rid of stress and possibly lose a few extra pounds. How should you start running? Take a look at our suggestions. And in addition to this, don’t forget to let your feet relax and get enough rest.
How feet sweat
There are roughly 250,000 sweat glands in the feet that each day produce up to 250 milliliters of sweat. So make sure that you are regularly getting plenty of fluids and keeping your body adequately hydrated.