Ten Fun Facts About Your Feet


The human foot and ankle is a complicated anatomical structure. When its bones and soft tissues are healthy and functioning properly, it supports your body weight and enables you to stand and walk upright. How much do you know about your feet?

  1. There are 26 bones and 33 joints in each of your feet and ankles. These bones make up one-quarter of all the bones in your body. 

  2. There are over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your feet and ankles.

  3. The soles of your feet are among the most sensitive parts of your body. They have more sensory nerve endings per square centimeter than any other area.

  4. The average adult takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. In a lifetime, you might walk as much as 115,000 miles – more than four times around the Earth! 

  5. Every step places 1½ times your body weight of pressure on your foot (a 150-pound person places 225 pounds of pressure on the feet with each step). A 2½ inch heel nearly doubles this load.

  6. Your feet are like the proverbial “canaries in the coal mine.” Many foot ailments are actually an early sign of more serious medical problems. Conditions like arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders often show initial symptoms in the feet.

  7. 75% of Americans will experience a foot health issue in their lifetime. Women are far more at risk than men are. High heeled shoes are believed to be a reason for this.

  8. Heel painis the most common foot-related ailment.

  9. Arthritis is a leading of disability in America. With so many bones and joints, your feet are particularly vulnerable to this painful illness.

  10. There are over 250,000 sweat glands in your feet, and they can produce up to a cup of moisture each day. This moisture can create a hospitable environment for bacteria that lead to odor.

If you are concerned about anything related to your foot health, the first step is to schedule a visit with a podiatrist. With years of specialized training and experience, your podiatrist is the best-qualified professional to help you.

Call Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care at 443-872-7052 or click here today to schedule a convenient appointment with Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova in our modern, comfortable Pikesville office.