Fun Facts About Feet!

At Montgomery Foot Care Specialists, we treat patients for so many different causes of foot pain and disease. Maybe it’s a good time of year – this time of new beginnings – to talk about some of the good things about our podiatry world. Our two feet are really a marvel! Let’s forget about what can go wrong for a moment and take a look at some fun facts about these wonderful appendages:

  • How big can your feet get? Well, a 20-year old man in Venezuelan claimed the record for the largest feet in the Guinness Book of World Records for 2016. His right foot measures an astounding 15.79 inches (1 ft., 3.79 inches) with his left foot close behind at 15.59 inches (1 ft, 3.59 inches). That’s about a U.S. size 26!
  • The overall record for largest feet, though, was recorded in 1940. An American named Robert Wadlow reportedly had feet that were 18.5 inches long, according to the Guinness Book. (He was almost 9 feet tall, and really needed those large tootsies.)
  • On average, people take between 4,000 and 5,000 steps per day. Devices to monitor steps per day are currently very popular, and those who use them are generally trying to lose weight or keep weight off with a goal of 10,000 steps per day.
  • It’s harder to stand in place for a long time than it is to walk because you’re continually using the same few muscles.
  • Health problems often show up first in your feet. For example, cold feet can be a sign of hypothyroidism or circulatory issues. Numb or burning feet can indicate diabetes.
  • Ever wonder why you get smelly feet? Blame it on sweat glands – there’s more of them per square inch in the soles of your feet than there are in any other part of your body.
  • 26, 33, 107, and 19: the number of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles in the foot and ankle!

Whenever you have a question about shoes, toenails, smelly feet, or any kind of problem with your feet, contact the outstanding podiatrists of Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. Chanda L. Day-Houts and Dr. Heidi M. Christie. With state-of-the art services like diabetic shoes, laser treatments, and nerve fiber testing, we make it convenient for you to receive the best treatment possible for your feet. Make an appointment online or call us at (334) 396-3668.