If you have ever wondered how big the largest feet recorded in the world are, where the name Achilles heel originated from or how many sweat glands our feet have; search no further!
1. My job stinks!
The record for the most feet sniffed belongs to a Madeline Albrecht, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. So far, throughout her career working for a research company testing foot care products for Scholl, Madeline has sniffed approximately 5,600 feet.
2. Achilles heel
The Achilles tendon located in the heel of the foot was named after one of the most famous mythical characters from Ovid’s ‘Illiad’. In an attempt to immortalize her son, Thetis (Achilles’ Mother) dipped Achilles into the River Styx, holding him by his ankle. Therefore his ankle became the only part of his body capable of sustaining a mortal wound. This is why the strongest tendon in the foot acquired the name of Achilles tendon.
The largest feet in the world belong to a Mr Matthew McGrory who lives in America whose feet are a whopping size 28½ (US size). The 7ft4in resident of Florida, USA has to fork out a massive $22,745 for a pair of shoes to fit his unusually large feet.
4. The walk of life
The average person walks about 10,000 steps a day. During a lifetime it is thought that a person has walked enough steps top have traveled around the planet more than 4 times, which is approximately 115,000 miles!
5. Beauty is pain
Women suffer from four times as many problems than men. This is believed to be a result of their choice of footwear, which usually consists shoes with narrow toes and high heels.
6. A Philosopher’s thoughts
The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates once claimed “When our feet hurt, we hurt all over”.
7. Foot binding
In China during the early 10th century, foot binding was seen as a sign of beauty and was practiced by all social classes. Foot binding was a tradition in which the toes were tightly wrapped in cloth breaking the bones and curling the foot under.
8. Rising damp
The feet contain approximately 250,000 sweat glands that excrete as much as half a cup of moisture every day.
9. Those bones
25% of bones in the human body are located in the feet, which are made up from 52 bones.
10. Cold feet
It is estimated by scientists and historians that the first shoes were created during the ice age 5,000,000 years ago and were made from animal skins.