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Interesting Foot Facts

The average person will walk around 128,000kms in a life time – that ís more than three times around the earth.

A quarter of all the body ís bones are in the feet (there are 52 bones in a pair of feet).

The average child will take its first steps around 13-17 months – but between 10 and 18 months falls within the normal range.

During the first year of a child’s life their feet grow rapidly, reaching almost half their adult size.  By 12, a child’s foot is about 90 per cent of its adult length.

When walking, each time your heel lifts off the ground it forces the toes to carry one half of your body weight.

It ís rare that two feet are exactly the same; one of them is often larger than the other.

In a pair of feet there are 250,000 sweat glands that produces approximately 500ml of perspiration daily.

The first foot coverings were probably animal skins, which Stone Age peoples in northern Europe and Asia tied around their ankles in cold wether.

Around 40 per cent of Australians will experience some form of foot problems in their lifetime.

Foot disorders in the elderly are extremely common and are the cause of much pain and disability, and consequent loss of mobility and independence.

Source URL: http://www.podiatryvic.com.au/Public/Facts1.htm

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