At North Jersey Podiatry we know that foot pain is a not a trivial matter. That’s why we urge all of our patients to seek evaluation and treatment sooner rather than later. If you’re suffering from an ongoing foot issue or think you may have injured your foot, our podiatrist, Dr. Paul G. Klein, can provide you with a prompt diagnosis and the appropriate treatment to help you get back on track and enjoy summer fun. And, speaking of fun, we thought we’d share some facts about feet that just might help you win that next trivia contest.

Amazing Structures

  • Your feet have 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles each.
  • There are approximately 250,000 sweat glands in each foot that produce on average a half pint of perspiration each day.
  • The feet contain nearly 8,000 nerves—more per square centimeter than any other part of your body.

If the Shoe Fits

  • The ancient Romans were the first to construct left and right shoes. Before that shoes could be worn on either foot.
  • It wasn’t until the 18th century that women’s shoes began to be designed differently from men’s.
  • The largest recorded foot size in the world is a men’s 29.5, worn by Matthew McGrory.
  • The highest priced pair of shoes are Dorothy’s from the Wizard of Oz which sold for $660,000
  • A 2 ½ inch heel can increase the pressure on the forefoot 75%.
  • Sneakers were first made in America in the year 1916.
  • Foot size is on the rise. According to a recent study, feet have gone up on average 2 sizes since the 1970’s.
  • Shoe shopping is best done late in the afternoon because that’s when feet are at their most swollen.

Walk On

  • The average person will walk approximately 115,000 miles over a lifetime. That’s equivalent to circling the globe over 4 times.
  • Women walk an average of 3 miles a day more than men walk.
  • Walking is the best exercise you can choose for your feet. It also is good for your overall health because it enhances circulation, can help with weight control, and improves mood.

If you have questions or concerns about your feet don’t hesitate to contact our Wayne, New Jersey office by calling: (973) 595-1555.