All about feet


  • The foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons all holding the foot together and allowing it to move in a variety of ways. (Source: American Podiatric Association)

  • 25% of all bones are in your feet. When these bones are out of kilter, it is likely that so is the rest of your body. (Source: American Podiatric Association)

  • Walking is the best exercise for your feet. It also contributes to your general health by improving circulation, contributing to weight control and promoting all round well being.

  • There are 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet. Sweat glands excrete as much as 500 ml per day. (Source: Australian Podiatry Association Vic.)

  • The average person will walk up around 128,000 km over a life time. That’s enough to go around the circumference of the earth three times! (Source: Australian Podiatry Association Vic.)

  • Cigarette smoking is the biggest cause of Peripheral Vascular Disease (disease of the arteries of the feet and legs), which can lead to pain on walking, ulceration and infection. (Source: Australian Podiatry Association Vic.)

  • Around 40 percent of Australian will experience some form of foot problems in their lifetime. (Source: Australian Podiatry Association Vic.)

  • Foot disorders in the elderly are extremely common and are the cause of much pain and disability, and consequent loss of mobility and independence. (Source: Australian Podiatry Association Vic.)

  • It is rare that two feet are exactly the same; one of them is often larger than the other. A survey conducted by the Pedorthic Footwear Association of the USA, in 1982 of 6000 Adult males and females in 23 cities, showed that they all had mis-mated feet! (Source: Pedorthic Footwear Association of USA)

  • Only a small percentage of the population is born with foot problems. It is neglect, lack of awareness, and proper care – including ill fitting shoes – that can bring on problems. (Source: Dr Scholl Australia)

  • It is best to purchase footwear in the afternoon, as feet tend to swell later in the day. (Source: Dr Scholl Australia)

  • If you put on weight, the bone and ligament structure of your feet may change. You should get your shoe size and style rechecked to ensure that the shoes your wearing (or buying) are still appropriate for your feet. (Source: Dr Scholl Australia)

  • Attend to foot ailments early. As it may save you discomfort in the future. Your feet have to last you a lifetime. (Source: Dr Scholl Australia)

  • A study by the American Foot and Ankle Society in 2001 revealed that 88% of women were wearing shoes that were too small. Of this same population, 55% had bunions.

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