Here are ten facts about feet that will surprise you
Feet are designed to sense the type of terrain on which you are walking. Temperature, slope, surface texture, and stability are all relayed to the brain through your feet, and it’s surprising nerve traffic.
Each time we take a step, the foot sends immediate signals to our brains which will dictate balance, and all kinds of assured steps we will take forward or climb.
Once you understand how complex your foot is, you will be more protective of this appendage. It’s certainly not optional like maybe your tonsils or appendix.
1. A pair of feet contains 250,000 sweat glands
2. Together the ankle and foot combine to make a strong mechanical structure indeed. It contains 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments
3. The average person takes between 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day. Walking is one of the best exercises, it’s easy to do and improves circulation, among other benefits.
4. Most people have feet that are not the same size. Often one is larger than the other.
5. While walking the mechanics of you heel being first to hit the ground then lift off it, forces the toes to carry more than half of your body weight.
6. Statistically, women have more problems with their feet than men. This is because women are more likely to wear shoes that look much better than they feel. High heels also put the foot at an angle where support is compromised.
7. 75% of Americans have foot troubles at one time or another during their lifetimes.
8. During an average day, walking forces will put pressure on your feet equaling hundreds of tons. That’s alot of pressure!
9. One fourth (1/4) of bones in the whole of our human bodies are located in our tootsies. If just one of these bones is out of alignment, it will affect your entire body.
10. Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of Peripheral Vascular Disease. This disease leads to painful stride, ulceration infections. In severe cases, possible amputation from gangrene can occur.
Our feet affect our knees which in turn compromises our back all the way up the spinal column to the brain.
Certainly, your feet and mine are made for walking. However, a great deal of our health begins and ends with how we take care of our feet.
Shoes are important
Therefore, choosing good shoes with proper support and enough room to wiggle your digits will go a long way. Keep in mind not to wear shoes that have lost their support and arch over time with wear and tear.
Walking barefoot, especially on a surface like grass or sand is wonderful for your feet. The contact with the texture of both will signal your brain and stimulate all the nerve endings in your feet. Those nerves explain why so many people are ticklish on their feet.
Message and reflexology is a great way to relax those babies and give yourself a break. After all, walking 115,000 miles in one lifetime is worth pampering yourself.