14 Interesting Foot Facts from a New York Podiatrist

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Jul 3, 2013 12:30:00 PM

rainbow toe socks resized 600Hi foot fans! It’s officially Summer and the time when most people break free from their daily grind and have a little bit of fun. So let’s take a few steps away from our weekly tips from a New York Podiatrist and have some fun with interesting foot facts brought to you by a New York Podiatrist at Adler Footcare. 

Did you know… 

  1. The world record for largest feet belongs to a Matthew McGrory, who is a U.S. size 28 ½ shoes! The average male shoe size is 10 ½.
  2. Shoe sizes originated in England, created by King Edward II. In 1324 he declared that the diameter of one barleycorn (which is a third of an inch) would represent one full shoe size.
  3. Here’s a bit more for you history buffs. The ancient Romans were the first to create shoes that were distinctly for the left and right feet. Before that, shoes could be worn on either foot.
  4. Toenail fungus affects millions of people worldwide and can be treated with a laser beam.
  5. Many foot problems – like bunions for instance – are hereditary, which means there’s nothing you can do about it. Except (shameless plug) talk to a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare about bunion treatment, including minimally invasive surgery as done at our offices.
  6. Your feet account for 25% of the bones in the human body.
  7. The average person takes 10,000 steps per day. That’s equal to 115,000 miles - enough to circle the world four times! What are you waiting for? Get walking!
  8. Women experience foot problems more often than men. Our New York podiatrists blame high heels! Fashionable, yes. Foot friendly? Not so much. But they can be with custom orthotics.
  9. The afternoon is the best time to go shoe shopping because your feet are more swollen then, which means you’re less likely to buy shoes that will later feel too small.
  10. Toenails grow faster during hot weather and pregnancy. If you’re a pregnant women due in August, watch out!
  11. When you’re running, the pressure on your feet can be as much as four times your body weight.
  12. A woman named Madeline Albrecht holds the world record for most feet sniffed at 5,600. Who would want to sniff feet? Even us New York podiatrist don’t go around doing that!
  13. There are approximately 250,000 sweat glands on a pair of feet. These sweat glands can produce as much as half a pint of moisture each day.
  14. Your feet are the first to show signs of what could become more serious medical problems, like arthritis or diabetes. If you’re noticing anything out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate to contact a New York podiatrist.


The New York podiatrists at Adler Footcare hope you enjoyed these fun foot facts and hope you’re enjoying them on your summer vacation. Remember, feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment. If you’re experiencing any kind of foot discomfort, please contact us for a free consultation.






Topics: foot problems, Foot Care, Tips from a New York Podiatrist