The human body holds many secrets that have only recently been discovered and some are yet to be. For example, here are 10 facts about our feet which you may not know:
FACT # 1 ALMOST 25% OF THE BONES IN OUR BODY CAN BE FOUND IN OUR FEET
We are born with 270 bones in our body. However, as we grow older, bones fuse together and the number is reduced to 206. Almost a quarter of those can be found in our feet. Each foot is a complex creation made up of 26 bones and 33 joints.
FACT # 2 THE FEET HAS A TOTAL OF 8,000 NERVES
The feet may be the most ticklish part of the body because it has a total of 8,000 nerves. Compared to other parts of the body, the feet has the highest number of nerve endings per square centimeter.
FACT # 3 TOENAILS GROW SLOWER THAN FINGERNAILS
Toenails are estimated to grow 1 mm per month. Fingernails, on the other hand, can grow 0.1 mm a day or 2 to 3 times faster than toenails. So while a fingernail can replace itself completely in a matter of 6 months, a toenail will need 12 to 18 months. This is due to the fact that fingernails are closer to the heart and have better access to blood supply to accelerate growth. Meanwhile, toenails are farther down the circulatory path.
FACT # 4 FEET ARE EXTREMELY SWEATY
Our feet approximately has 250,000 sweat glands which can excrete up to half a pint of sweat in a single day. For this reason, it’s important that you always change your socks, wear different shoes everyday, and to properly scrub your feet every night.
FACT # 5 WOMEN ARE MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP FOOT AILMENTS
Women are four times more likely to have foot related problems than men. The primary reason being women often wear high heels which disrupts the foot’s natural shape and function. They become prone to twisted ankles, blood flow becomes restricted, and so on. Men, on the other hand, often wear more comfortable shoes which is why they have lower numbers of foot problems.
FACT # 6 FEET PERFORM BEST WHEN BARE
While shoes are important in keeping our feet safe from sharp objects, dirt, worm eggs, and other threats, they still perform best when bare because we’ve evolved that way. Our feet are naturally shaped with a leveled heel and forefoot with a curve to help with our balance. Shoes can alter your foot’s shape and restrict its movements. Just a 2 and a half inch heel can multiply the load on your forefoot by up to 75% which means more damage.
It’s even believed by some studies and organizations that shoes are completely unnecessary and do more harm than good. But if you still prefer wearing shoes even when at home, it’s recommended that you invest in getting extra support such as silicon heels or compression socks.