Foot Note

They are your natural shock absorbers and over the course of a day will take a cumulative force of 200 tons. Each, when walking, takes 1.5 times your body weight and when running 5 times your body weight. Yet, just two in ten people even consider their feet or their foot health regularily.

Sometimes, we just need to stop and consider how very blessed we are (most of us) to have two amazingly, functioning feet. Seriously.

How they are taken so for granted. How we pay them very little attention and how very much we expect of them. So in this post, for a change of pace, we will take note of our wonderful feet.

Consider, that at week eleven of your fetal development you had ten digits on your hands and feet. By week twelve you were curling your toes, and at week fourteen fingernails/toenails were present. At birth, your feet were underdeveloped and it took time for your arches to form.

Some 20-30% of you have what’s called Morton’s toe, you know, when the second toe is longer than the others. (Are you one? :-)) And most of us have experienced the most common foot ailment -an ankle sprain. (When was your last one?)

But here are some unreal foot facts: (according to

  • nearly a quarter of all bones in our bodies are in our feet
  • 26 bones in each foot
  • 33 joints
  • 19 muscles
  • 10 tendons and
  • 107 ligaments

Your feet have been equipped to withstand and bear so much. Their very structure and construction is a miraculous engineering feat. How they work alone or in tandem to support you for those 110,000 miles you will walk in your lifetime is unbelievable and so unnoticed.

Also embedded in your two feet are 250,000 sweat glands that are able to produce one pint of sweat each and every day! Phew… And let’s not forget about the strongest tendon in the human body that is also found in the foot. Know what it is????? The Achilles tendon.

It’s a shame that we wear shoes so often, as our feet work best in their bare, natural state. Plus, we can’t take notice of and appreciate those toenails that have taken 12-18 months to completely grow. The skin on the soles of our feet is thicker than any place else on our body, so again, why have we since 3,5000 BC worn shoes? (The first shoe was found in Armenia, dating back to then and was a single piece of leather.)

Doctors tell us that our feet often tell alot about our general health. Foot pain, sores, numbness, ulcers, loss of hair, etc. are often indicators of disease elsewhere. And women are 4 times more likely to have foot problems compared to men. Why? Largely due to wearing heels. (Yep, that’s why I stopped wearing them.)

I guess with the emphasis this week on the Olympics and the coming Paralympic Games, it has caused me to consider the tremendous value of my feet and to recognize how fortunate I am. How fortunate we are!

I trust you will give pause more often to take note of your feet and perhaps even enjoy a foot massage, which will not only improve your mood but your overall health.

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of them…”



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