10 Facts I Bet You Didn’t Know About Your Feet

1) Did you know that your feet are constantly ‘talking’ to your brain? They're packed with around 200,000 nerve endings per foot which are incredibly responsive, and input detailed information to your brain about everything from pressure to temperature, which is then translated into skilful movement. This allows you to make decisions and respond to external stimuli on the fly.

2) Your big toe is the most important toe of all! A misaligned big toe can completely throw your balance off. Your big toe makes it possible to walk and run upright. It’s so helpful for balance it used to help our ancestors climb trees, and unlike your little toe, which bears the least weight of any toe.

3) Ingrown toenails are most common in younger adults and usually start after cutting the nail too short. Cutting toenails straight across and not down the sides can reduce the likelihood of it occurring.

4) Heels can actually damage your feet! Just a little while in heels can cause problems that can take a disproportionate amount of time and effort to recover from. They greatly increase the risk of spraining your ankle, are likely to increase impact into shins and knees and even increase the chance of developing arthritis. Explore upscale, elegant shoes that are designed to provide comfort and versatility on www.HealthyFeetStore.com.

5) Fungal nail infection gets increasingly common with age, it often starts on the skin as athlete's foot before spreading into the nails. Nearly 50% of people aged over 60 will have a fungal foot infection and they may not even realize.

6) Throughout your adult life, your feet grow. Your foot size can increase up to 1.5 sizes as you age. This is caused by your feet flattening out which increases length and width. Other factors can contribute to this including pregnancy, surgeries, and changes in weight that can have an impact on your foot length and width.

7) One quarter of all bones in the human body are in your feet! That's why your feet are one of the most sensitive areas of your body and foot pain can impact the rest of your body. This only highlights the importance of wearing supportive shoes, which you can easily and effectively find on www.HealthyFeetStore.com

8) Your toenails can give you clues about your health! If you have spoon shaped indentations, that can be a clue to your doctor that you could be anemic. People with Psoriasis often notice pits in the surface of their toenails. Hairless toes could indicate to a medical professional that you have poor blood circulation in your toes.

9) Arches don't appear until a person is between 2 and 2.5 years old. Until then, there's a pad of fat where the arch would usually be. A good way to protect your arches from falling is with proper arch support. Search our wide selection of shoes for the footwear that will provide the care you need to support your arches.

10) There are approximately 250,000 sweat glands in the feet, and on average, they excrete around 1 cup of moisture in one day. Wearing socks made of natural fibers like cotton and wool instead of synthetic materials will help to create a more breathable environment.

Written by
Dr. Jeffrey S. Hurless
DPM, FACFAS Board Certified Foot & Ankle Surgeon/Podiatrist
Medical Director, HealthyFeetStore.com