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Your feet do so much for you, but how much do you really know about them? We've rounded up the most interesting, useful, and just plain weird facts about your tootsies. Did you know that your foot contains 26 bones, 33 ts, more than tendons, muscles, and ligaments, and a whopping , sweat glands?
That may seem like a lot of anatomy in a relatively small package, but then again, your feet are charged with the very important task of supporting the entire body. And as we all know, it's hard to concentrate on anything when your feet hurt, but they're surprisingly susceptible to injury — from everyday calluses and corns to more serious problems like diabetic neuropathy. Here are some of the most interesting facts about feet and foot health.
There's more to infant feet than those kissable toes. Part of what may make babies' feet so cute is their structure: All babies are born with a pad of fat where an arch would normally be in an adult foot, which makes them appear flat and cutely chubby. But an infant's soft little feet will get tougher with age: The skin on your foot soles is the thickest on the body, next to the palms of the feet.
According to pediatrician and author Dr. Sears , it's also normal for a baby's feet and legs to bow inward, because of the curled-up position of the fetus in the womb. After a baby is born, the obstetrician usually checks for 10 little fingers and 10 little toes. But occasionally, a surprise may turn up — an extra digit or two. Extra toes and fingers are technically known as polydactylism, and the condition is reported in about of every 1, children , according to a study in the Southern Medical Journal. In , the Daily Mail reported on a 6-year-old Chinese boy who had six extra toes removed from his feet, along with five extra fingers.
Some famous faces have also been rumored to have a more-than-usual of toes, including screen goddesses Halle Berry according to E! Online and Marilyn Monroe. But, says the website Snopes. We all know that American bodies are getting bigger, but what about our feet?
In the United States, the best-selling shoe size is 8. Those are both up a full size from 30 years ago, according to the National Shoe Retailers Association in a Chicago Tribune article. There are also many myths about shoe size, perhaps the most common being that the larger the shoe and therefore the foot , the larger the penis size.
A few different studies have debunked that one, most recently in British researchers measured the penises and feet of men and found no correlation between their sizes — so the saying should really be "big feet, big shoes. Compared with fingernails, toenails grow much more slowly — about 1 mm per month, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, whereas fingernails grow an average of 0. It takes at least five to six months to grow an entirely new toenail.
How long can toenails grow? The current record holder for the longest toenails is Louise Hollis of Compton, Calif. Hollis boasts 6-inch-long nails on each toe, and according to Guinness World Records, she's been growing her toenails since Understandably, she wears only open-toed shoes. Your toenails also hold all kinds of clues to your overall health, including whether you're anemic spoon-shaped indentations or have poor blood circulation hairless toes or psoriasis pits in the nail surface.
Did you know you could flirt with your feet? A UK study covered in the Telegraph found that when a woman is attracted to a man, she's likely to move her feet away from her body, in a more open stance. Sitting cross-legged or with her feet tucked under her body. And while men don't display attraction through their foot position, they also send emotional als with their tootsies. Study author Geoffrey Beattie, PhD, found that men tend to move their feet more when they're nervous, while jittery women keep their feet still.
Many people find feet sexy, but for some, a sexual interest in feet is particularly intense. Also known as podophilia, foot fetishism focuses on the foot as an object of sexual desire. It's fairly common — one study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research of online fetish groups found that feet and related objects like shoes were by far the most popular subject.
According to the website Buzzfeed. Ah, nothing feels better than going barefoot in the summer. But some people believe it's your right to go barefoot all year long, and not just at the beach. Organizations like the Society for Barefoot Living believe that wearing shoes is not just unnecessary, it can actually be harmful to foot health and lead to flat feet and deformities. And proponents of barefoot running say it can strengthen feet and reduce injuries.
For people with health conditions like diabetes, though, going barefoot can be dangerous because nerve damage makes it difficult to feel when the foot is injured. Some people have done amazing things with their bare feet. In , year-old Jessica Cox of Tucson, Arizona, who was born without arms, became the first pilot d to fly a plane with her feet, according to Fox News. Yes, feet can get stinky. But it's no wonder, since each one contains about , sweat glands. While the sweat itself doesn't smell, socks and shoes can trap odor-causing bacteria, which thrive in dark, damp environments.
The good news is that your malodorous feet can actually win you some cash. Each year, Odor-Eaters , a company that makes odor-neutralizing shoe insoles, holds a national Rotten Sneaker contest, where contestants are judged not just on the condition of their kicks but their smell. And if you think your job is bad, Madeline Albrecht, who worked for a testing lab used by the footwear company Dr.
Scholl, had the unenviable task of performing smell tests on both feet and armpits. She holds the current Guinness World Record for of feet smelled — about 5, Health Topics. Health Tools. Foot Health. Medically Reviewed. Baby Feet: Cute for a Reason. Polydactylism: More to Love. Shoe Size Myths and Facts. How Do Your Toenails Grow? The Relationship Between Feet and Sex.
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