Offer Thanksgiving for Your Feet


As Thanksgiving approaches, we at NY Foot Health know that New Yorkers are remembering all that they are grateful for. We want to be sure your feet are near the top of the list. These incredible parts of your body ensure that you can go where you want and do what you have to do every day. So be good to them! You may not realize quite how amazing your feet are. Below are some fun facts about feet and footwear:

  • Your feet contain 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles.

  • As you walk, each time your heel lifts off the ground it forces your toes to carry one half the weight of your entire body.

  • Your feet contain 250,000 sweat glands and can produce up to half a pint of sweat in a day.

  • 9 out of 10 women are wearing shoes that are too small for their feet.

  • The average person walks 4,000-6,000 steps in a day—that adds up to approximately 100,000 miles in an average life.

  • Women experience four times as many foot problems as men.

  • About 25% of the U.S. population have flat feet.

  • The first sneaker was created by the U.S. Rubber Company.

  • The average shoe size has increased by 2 sizes since the 1970’s.

  • It wasn’t until the 18th century in Europe that women’s shoe styles become different from men’s styles.

  • It takes 5-6 months to entirely grow out a toenail.

  • 75% of Americans will experience some foot health disorder in the course of their lifetime.

It’s important to practice good basic foot care all year round. If you have noticed anything unusual about your feet or you have questions about how to better care for them, contact us or your podiatrist. Need to find a qualified podiatrist in your area? Check our online directory. To learn more about foot and ankle health, subscribe to our free e-newsletter. And, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

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