Interesting Foot & Ankle Facts

“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art”
– Leonardo da Vinci

  • Each foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and 19 tendons.  This means that 25% of all bones in the human body are located in the feet!
  •  Americans take an average of 3,000 to 5,000 steps per day.  Taking 6,000 steps per day has been correlated with a longer life span in men, though many health professionals push for 10,000 steps as representative of leading an active, healthy lifestyle.
  • Women walk on average 3 miles further every day than men. During a lifetime the average person will walk more than 250,000 miles. That’s the distance from the Earth to the moon!
  • Ankle sprains are the most common injury in America, accounting for 45% of all sports injuries.  Approximately 2 million occur every year.
  • People can walk barefoot because the skin on the bottom of their feet is more than 15 times thicker than any other piece of skin on the human body.
  • A 2½-inch high heel can increase the load on the forefoot by 75%.  Shoe styles are the primary reason why foot problems occur more commonly in women than in men.
  • Runners hit the ground with a force of two and a half times their body weight.
  • The feet can be one of the most indicative signs of an individual’s health. Early symptoms for diabetes, arthritis and circulatory problems can often show themselves initially in the feet.
  • Your average foot gets two sizes longer when you stand up.  It also expands about 5% in volume as the day goes on.
  • The largest feet in the world belong to a Matthew McGrory, a 7ft4in resident of Florida whose feet are a whopping size 28½ (US size).
  • It is estimated by scientists and historians that the first shoes were created during the ice age 500,000 years ago and were made from animal skins. The ancient Romans were the first to create distinct left and right shoes; previous to that all shoes could be worn on either foot.