It may seem biased, but we truly can think of no other body part that is as overworked and underappreciated as the feet. As amazing works of architectural art, our feet deserve so much love and respect for all that they do for us. Here are 7 good reasons why you should be thankful for your feet:
They House 25% of Our Bones
We all know that the human body contains 206 bones. Our feet are collectively comprised of 52 bones, 66 joints, and more than 240 muscles, ligaments, and nerves. These are all essential in helping us get from point A to point B each day!
They Endure Quite a Bit of Pressure
With each step, your feet endure hundreds of tons of force. This is equivalent to a fully-loaded cement truck (or more than 50 cars). That’s only walking – when you run, your feet endure between 5 and 7 times your weight!
They’re Super Ticklish for a Good Reason
Ever wonder why your feet can be so darn touchy? Here’s why – approximately 8,000 nerves can be found in your feet with several nerve endings existing near the skin. Actually, being ticklish is a good thing. Reduced sensitivity can often indicate neuropathy, a medical condition typically connected to diabetes.
They Can Tell You a Lot About Your Health
The eyes may be the window to the soul, but your feet are the mirror of your body. Podiatric issues are usually your first indicator that you’re suffering from a serious medical problem. Many health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, nerve disorders, and circulatory disorders can often develop in the feet, so it’s wise to pay good attention to any foot ailments that appear.
Movement is a Very Involved Process We often walk without really thinking about what’s happening in our bodies. With each measured step, skip, pivot, or pirouette, our feet are working magic (well, scientifically speaking). Communicating with the brain and more than 100 other muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones, our feet get us to where we need to be, all while keeping us upright and stable.