Reflexology – Foot Facts

Did you know these 12 interesting facts about feet?

  • Your body eliminates waste through your feet. You have around 250 000 sweat glands on your feet – each foot can lose up to 1/2 a pint a day!
  • Your feet have over 7,000 nerve endings in your feet sending sensory messages to the brain.
  • The human foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons.
  • Typically in a person’s 30-40’s, the natural fat pads on the bottoms of the feet made from collagen & elastin gradually thin out, causing foot pain by the end of the day unless properly cushioned footwear is worn.
  • It takes at least 5-6 months to grow an entirely new toenail.
  • Fingernails and toenails grow faster during hot weather, pregnancy, and teenage years.
  • 25% of all the bones in the human body are down in your feet. When these bones are out of alignment, so is the rest of your body.
  • It’s rare that two feet are exactly the same; one of them is often larger than the other.
  • Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in the feet – so foot ailments can be your first sign of more serious medical problems.
  • Your feet get larger throughout the day so the afternoon is the optimum time to shop for shoes because the feet tend to be more swollen then.
  • During the first year of a child’s life, their feet grow rapidly, reaching almost half their adult size. By 12, a child’s foot is about 90% of its adult length.
  • Walking is the best exercise for your feet. It contributes to your general health by improving circulation and weight control.

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