Fun Foot Facts

close up of dorothy's shoes from the wizard of oz.

Interested in all things podiatry or looking for some trivia questions to stump your mates?

Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of our favourite interesting and surprising foot facts!

  • Fingernails and toenails grow faster during hot weather, pregnancy, and teenage years
  • Children spend 30 hours a week in their school shoes
  • Children spend up to 1,000 hours in their school shoes a year
  • 1 in 1,000 babies is born with an extra toe or finger. The condition is called polydactyly.
  • Humans have been wearing shoes for 40,000 years
  • Podiatrists/chiropodists have been documented in history since Ancient Egypt, with Napoleon Bonaparte hiring his very own chiropodist.
  • The first shoe dates back to 3,500 BC. They were made from a single piece of leather!
  • The most expensive shoes ever, Dorothy’s shoes from the Wizard of OZ, sold for $660,000!
  • The world record for the most toes is held by a man named Akshat Saxena from Northern India, who was born with 10 toes on each foot! He also has 7 fingers on each hand!
  • The biggest feet ever recorded belong to a Venezuelan man named J.Hernandes and are a size 26! That’s 16 inches long!
  • In Europe, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries heels on shoes were always colored red
  • A 2-and-a-half-inch heel can increase the load on the forefoot by 75%
  • Toes can often be used to replace fingers or thumbs that have been amputated
  • When we’re born, our feet are underdeveloped which is why it takes time for our arches to form
  • Our feet begin to develop in the 8th week of pregnancy
  • Feet are one of the most ticklish parts of the body due to the large number of nerve endings.
  • Nearly a quarter of all the bones in our bodies are in our feet
  • Your two feet have 250,000 sweat glands that are capable of producing half a pint of sweat in a single day!
  • Morton’s toe is the name given to the condition where the second toe is longer than the big toe. Approximately 20-30% of the world’s population have this.
  • Feet are your body’s natural shock absorbers!
  • Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common forms of foot pain. It affects more than 2 million people a year.
  • Each foot takes 1.5 times your body weight while you walk.
  • When running, your feet take up to five times your weight.
  • It’s rare that two feet are exactly the same, one of them is often larger than the other
  • There are roughly 250,000 sweat glands on a pair of feet!
  • Your feet mirror your general health, so conditions like arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in your feet!
  • The human foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons!
  • The oldest preserved shoe is 5,500 years old and was found in an Armenian cave
  • The average person walks 177,000 kilometers in their lifetime!
  • Your feet will continue to grow and change throughout your life! They can increase in size during pregnancy and as we age, with the soft tissues losing their strength and becoming more lax.

Whether you have any foot related questions or you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your feet or lower limbs, get in touch with us today. You can call us on 03 9432 2689 or book online here.