Curiosities about the feet

4 de February de 2020

In this blog article we are going to talk about some curiosities about the feet, which many times we do not stop to think that they are the basis for our daily activities.

13 Curiosities about feet

  • 25% of the bones in the body are in the foot.

A human foot has a special structure made up of 26 bones out of the 206 that make up the body, surrounded by muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints… all multiplied by the fact that there are two feet.

  • Sweat glands

We have about 250,000 sweat glands that can release a quarter of a liter of moisture per day.

  • Nerve endings

The sole of the foot has the largest number of nerve sensors in proportion to the rest of the body. This is why the skin on the sole of the foot is thicker, among other reasons.

  • Foot problems – women or men?

Women are 4 times more likely to suffer foot problems, especially from footwear.

  • The shape of the feet

Most people have one foot larger than the other.

  • The distance traveled on average with the feet.

The average person walks about 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which is equivalent to walking around the world 4 times in a lifetime.

  • Step by step

The best exercise for the feet is walking, which aids health by improving circulation and weight control.

  • Walking a lot or standing?

Standing in one place makes it harder to exert weight in the same place for a long time.


Feet curiosities


  • Feet and general health

The feet are a reflection of health, problems such as diabetes, nerves, arthritis, circulation problems and a long etc. show their first symptoms in the feet.

  • Amputations

Smoking is one of the main causes of peripheral vascular disease, which produces pain when walking, ulceration, etc.

Some 56,000 people lose their feet or legs due to problems with diabetes.

  • Toenails

Ingrown toenails can occur, it is a common condition for various reasons due to footwear, osteoarthritis, blows to the foot, especially in certain stages of life.

  • Strong fingers

When walking, the moment the heel is lifted, it forces the toes to support half of the body weight.

  • Flat feet or curved feet

If the foot touches the ground completely, you have flat feet. In general, young children have flat feet because the arches have not yet formed.



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Date of publication: 18-07-2017

Date of revision: 4-02-2020


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