Funky Feet Realities
Your feet do so important for you, but how many do you know about them? We’ve turned up the most exciting, useful, and just plain weird facts about your tootsies.
Did you know that your foot includes 26 bones, 33 joints, more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments, and a huge 250,000 sweat glands? That may seem like a lot of body in a relatively small package, but then again, your feet fill with the very important task of helping the entire body. And as we all remember, it’s hard to concentrate on anything when your feet ache, but they’re surprisingly sensitive to injury — from everyday calluses and corns to more serious difficulties like diabetic neuropathy. Here are some of the most fascinating facts about dogs and foot health.
Baby Feet: Cute for a Cause
There’s more to an infant’s toes than the kissable toes. Part of what may make kids’ feet so cute is their structure: All babies are born with a pad of fat where an arch would usually be in an adult foot, which makes them appear dull and cutely chubby. Arches don’t usually show up until kids are about 2 ½ years old. But an infant’s soft little feet will become tougher with age: The skin on your foot soles is the highest on the body, next to the palms of the feet. According to pediatrician and author Dr. Sears, it’s also common for a baby’s feet and legs to bow in, because of the curled-up state of the fetus in the uterus.
Polydactylism: And to Love
After a child is born, the obstetrician usually checks for 10 little fingers and 10 little toes. But seldom, a surprise may turn up — an extra digit (or two). Extra toes and claws are technically known as polydactylism, and the situation report in about 1-2 of every 1,000 children, according to a 1994 study in the Southern Medical Journal. In 2010, the Daily Mail wrote on a 6-year-old Chinese boy who had six extra toes lifted from his feet, on with five more fingers. Some well-known faces have also been rumor to become a more-than-usual number of toes, including protection goddesses Halle Berry (according to E! Online) and Marilyn Monroe. But, states the website Snopes.com, the Monroe rumor has been widely debunked.
Shoe Size Stories and Facts
We all know that American groups are growing bigger, but what about our feet? Those are both up a full size from 30 years ago, according to the National Shoe Retailers Association in a Chicago Tribune report. If you think you know your true size, you could be off — a 2011 report issued in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery suggests that about 35 percent of people underestimated by at least share a size.
There are also many stories about shoe size, possibly the most common being that the higher the shoe (and therefore the foot), the larger the penis size. A few several studies have exposed that one, most recently in 2003. British researchers estimated the penises and feet of 104 men and found no relationship in their sizes — so the saying should be “big dogs, big shoes.”
How Do Your Toenails Age?
It takes at least five to six periods to grow an only new toenail. How long can toenails start? The current record holder for the longest toenails is Louise Hollis of Compton, Calif., who set the story back in 1991. Hollis boasts 6-inch-long spikes on each toe, and according to Guinness World Records, she’s been getting her toenails since 1982. Naturally, she uses only open-toed shoes.
Your toenails also hold all sorts of evidence to your overall health, including whether you’re anemic (spoon-shaped indentations) or have poor blood flow (hairless toes) or psoriasis (pits in the nail surface).