Here are just a few of the many reasons why you should pay more attention to your feet!
- They are your foundation; they support the weight of the entire body.
- They keep you moving. The feet function not only to support the body but to act as a lever to propel the body forward when walking, running, ect.
- They help you balance. Without your feet you wouldn't be able to balance on two legs! The feet are responsible for distributing your body weight to the ground beneath you so that you can maintain an upright posture.
- They're pretty freakin' intricate. The feet are made up of 52 bones, that's 26 bones each. The feet alone make up approximately 1/4 of the bones in your entire body. Each foot is made up of 33 joints and over 100 ligaments (whoa!)
- They're designed to be strong. You don't just have 1 arch to help you balance. You actually have two arches that run longitudinally and a series of arches that run transversely. The medial longitudinal arch is the biggest one on the inside of your foot, the one that is most recognizable, but you also have a small arch on the outer edge of your foot from your heel to your 5th metatarsal. The transverse arches are responsible for creating the "dome" shape to the bottom of your feet which gives them their stability and makes them a strong foundation to support your frame.
- Turns out you really need your toes. Not only are they necessary for balance, it's estimated that your toes support half of your entire body weight when your heel leaves the ground while walking.
- Almost everyone has a foot problem at one point or another. It's estimated that about 2 million Americans seek treatment for plantar fasciitis each year. And people can experience up to 300 different kind of ailments associated with your feet.
- Not all feet are created equal. Most people have 1 foot that is larger than the other (freaky!).
- Your feet take a beating. It's estimated that the pressure your feet endure while running is 4-7 times your body weight! (ow..!)
- You use them A LOT. The average adult walks anywhere from 4,000-10,000 steps per day. Think about how many steps that is in a week, a month, a year, your lifetime.
Over the course of a lifetime the feet endure a lot of wear and tear. At one point or another most people experience discomfort or ailments with the feet. Because being mobile is so important, take the time to take care a your feet. You'll be surprised by how showing them a little love can go a long way.