That’s right, your amazing feet. They are marvelous body parts that we give too little credit and probably too little attention to. And yet without them, we would have no support or balance.
I was reminded of their immense value last night when I got home from work after spending 12 hours in my black, (very stylish, of course… ha ha ) “combat boots”. Seriously, from 7:45 AM to 7:45 PM I wore them. AND, while at work from 1:00-6:00 PM, I was literally on my feet the whole time. No sitting, only walking, and standing.
When I walked in the door after work, I couldn’t get my poor size 8’s free fast enough. Ahhh, relief! What ever was I thinking when I left in the morning, or was I even thinking at all?
Well, that night, I thought alot about feet and their overlooked importance to us. (as mine were throbbing severely)
Lets talk about feet, shall we? Do you realize jus’ how amazing they are built and what they endure for us?
Did you know that:
- You have 8,000 nerves in your feet, more per square centimeter than anyplace else in your body
- Your daily walking cause your feet to experience forces totaling tons, actually equaling a fully loaded cement truck
- Each foot takes 1.5 times your body weight
- And when you run, up to 5 times your weight
- There are 28 bones in your feet, a quarter of all the bones in your body!
- You have 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons in your feet
- there are 250,000 sweat glands in your feet that are capable of making a half pint of sweat a day
Your feet are AMAZING! Their design is a masterpiece able to withstand and adapt to uneven surfaces. Able to flex and twist and carry you wherever you choose to go.
These finely tuned pieces of machinery have two important functions:
- weight bearing
Both of which require stability during your walk, run, jumping, balancing, climbing or any number of other activities that you do. Without your feet, your life would have no support or balance.
By the time you are 50 years old, the average person will have walked 75,000 miles and sustained sprains, strains and possible fractures. But your feet got the job done for you. One stat even said that if you walk 8-10,000 steps a day, that makes 115,000 in a lifetime; or equal to 4 times circling the globe.
And the hero is – YOUR FEET.
Add to these astounding facts that the bones in your feet don’t actually harden until your 21, and that these natural shock absorbers grow totally new toenails every 6 months, (slower than fingernails, which grow .01mm a day) and I think that we have established the fact the you have amazing feet.
Our feet stand us up.
So the next time you’re wondering if you can take a stand, or feel like you are lacking the support that you need – consider your wonderful feet. You are standing, and you do have support!
When you are evaluating your life and wondering if things are in the right balance for you – consider your feet.
Our dependable feet- constant for support and balance, our unsung hero’s for allowing us to stand up.
Your amazing feet!
Cheers to your feet,