Sweet Feet

BY Lindsey Johnson

The average person takes 10 000 steps a day! During a person’s lifetime he or she will traverse the planet four times. That’s 115 000 miles by foot! In other words since your feet are going to be moving and shaking a whole big bunch give them the attention they deserve.

Odor eater. There are 250 000 sweat glands in your feet that excrete more than one-half pint of moisture a day. Sweaty feet don’t smell so sweet so if you’re emitting foot odor try soaking your feet in black tea and cool water. Better to have your feet smelling like tea than well you know.

Corns and calluses are caused by friction and pressure from skin rubbing against bony areas. No one likes the way that feels so rub your feet with a pumice stone or a warm wet washcloth to keep your skin soft supple and callus-free.

In 10th century China small feet were seen as a sign of beauty so women would bind their feet meaning they wrapped them in tight bandages bending and breaking their toes to fit into teeny tiny shoes. Ah the good old days.

Take it from Socrates: “When our feet hurt we hurt all over.” If you’re having foot pain try massaging your feet with a paper cup filled with ice.

Burnt feet are not a treat. Avoid getting sunburned at the beach by wearing shoes on hot pavement and applying sunscreen to the tops of your toes.

Three out of four Americans experience serious foot problems in their lifetime.

Ladies give your feet a rest! Women have four times as many foot problems as men partially due to wearing high heels.

Your big toe is the hardest-working toe on your foot. This toe alone supports most of your body weight.

Webbed feet. There are currently more Web sites on the Internet for foot fetishes than foot health.

No bones about it. Your feet are home to 26 bones 33 joints 107 ligaments and 19 muscles. One quarter of all the bones in your body are found in your feet.

Going sandal shopping? Make sure you do it in the afternoon when your feet are the most swollen. If the shoe fits then wear it!

And we thought Manolos were expensive… The largest feet in the world not caused by elephantiasis belonged to 7-foot 6-inch California resident and actor Matthew McGrory. With a whopping shoe size of 29 ½ this modern day Goliath had to fork out $22 745 for a pair of shoes.

Fast foot facts

57% of women have had a pedicure

15% of men have had a pedicure

47% of women do aerobics in their bare feet

32% of women and 17% of men are uncomfortable with people touching their feet