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Saturday, August 17, 2013

• Fingernails and toenails grow faster during hot weather, pregnancy and teenage years.
• The ancient Romans were the first to construct distinct left and right shoes. Before that, shoes could be worn on either foot.
• The average foot gets two sizes longer when a person stands up.
• Shoe sizes were devised in England by King Edward II who declared in 1324 that the diameter of one barely corn- a third of an inch- would represent one full shoe size. That’s still true today.
• The average woman walks three miles more per day than the average male.
• The record for the world’s largest feet belongs to Matthew McGrory who wears US size 28 1/2 shoes. The average men’s size is 10 1/2.
• In a pair of feet, there are 250,000 sweat glands.
• Cigarette smoking is the biggest cause of Peripheral Vascular Disease (disease of the arteries of the feet and legs) which often leads to pain on walking, ulceration, infection and in the most severe cases - gangrene and possible amputation.
• A human foot & ankle is a strong, mechanical structure that contain 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons & ligaments.
• During an average day of walking, the total forces on your feet can total hundreds of tons, equivalent to an average of a fully loaded cement truck.
• Walking is the best exercise for your feet. It contributes to your general health by improving circulation and weight control.
• Standing in one spot is far more tiring than walking because the demands are being made on the same few muscles for a longer length of time.
• Foot ailments can become your first sign of more serious medical problems. Your feet mirror your general health, so conditions like arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in your feet. Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in America. It limits everyday dressing, climbing stairs, getting in and out of bed or walking - for about 7 million Americans.
• About 60-70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of diabetic nerve damage, which in severe
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• Butterflies taste with their feet, gannets incubate eggs under their webbed feet and elephants use their feet to hear – they pick up vibrations of the earth through their soles.
• Sweat glands in the feet produce approximately half a pint of perspiration daily.
• The average person will walk around 115,000 miles in a life time, that's more than four times around the earth!
• 3 out of 4 Americans experience serious foot problems in their lifetime.
• There are currently more websites on the Internet having to do with foot fetishes than with foot health.•
• A quarter of all the body’s bones are in the feet (There are 52 bones in a pair of feet).

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