Feet facts


  • The average person will walk around 128,000 km in a lifetime. That’s a lot of wear and tear on your feet.
  • A quarter of all the body’s bones are in the feet (there are 52 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. See your podiatrist if you are concerned about the time your child is taking to walk.
  • 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 percent 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’s rare that two feet are exactly the same; one ┬áis often larger than the other.
  • In a pair of feet, there are 250,000 sweat glands that produce approximately 500ml of perspiration daily.
  • The first food coverings were probably animal skins, which Stone Age people in Northern Europe and Asia tied around their ankles in cold weather.
  • Cigarette smoking is the biggest cause of peripheral vascular disease, the disease of the arteries of both the feet and legs, which often leads to pain on walking, ulceration, infection and, in most severe cases, gangrene and amputation.
  • About 40 percent of Australians will experience some form of foot problem 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.