Interesting (And Some Gross) Facts
- Foot odor can be caused by both bacteria and fungus. Untreated they may develop into more serious conditions like athlete’s foot or toenail infections.
- The skin on the sole of your foot can be up to 20 times as thick as the rest of the skin on your body! That’s why most creams that you use on your hands don’t work on your feet. A stronger cream that contains Urea (between 20 – 25%) will usually help to break down dead skin quickly… just remember to follow the instructions and talk to your physician if you have any questions or concerns about using product.
- When walking, your foot has to absorb forces that are equal to about twice your body weight. When running, the forces you absorb can be as much as 4 times your body weight! Your are literally absorbing TONNES of pressure through your body! Wear sandals around the house to shock absorb and protect your yourself. The right shoe can make all the difference, depending on the type of surface you are moving on.
- Planter Fasciitis is the most common problem that people complain about. Stretching and proper support may help get rid of this condition. If left untreated many cases of Plantar Fasciitis turn into Heel Spurs. See our printable guide for tips on how to manage Plantar Fasciitis!
- It is estimated that up to 75% of the population in North America are either an Over-Pronator (sometimes referred to as Fallen Arches) or Supinators (looks like very High Arches because of the way the foot rolls to the outside edge). Do you know what type of foot you have?
Shoes: Going The Distance!
It is estimated that an average person takes between 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. Over one lifetime, this would equal walking around the planet more than 4 times! They Have A Perfect Right To STINK!
Each foot has approximately 125,000 sweat glands. This means that the average person can produce up to 22 liters of sweat in just one shoe, every year! (How often did you say you washed your insoles?)
‘Dem Bones, Big job for a small package
The average foot contains 26 fixed bones. Between both of your feet, that’s 1/4 of the bones in your whole body! There are also 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons all working together to keep you moving.
What size was that?
The metal device used to measure our feet at most shoe stores is called a “Brannock Device”. Invented in New York & patented in 1926 we still use it today….but… not all companies make their sizes the same! Just because you measure ‘size 8’ on this scale, it does NOT mean that you are an 8 in every shoe.
In United Kingdom the scale is off by one size for men’s footwear (8=7), while in Europe they use the ‘French Point System’ (the numbers most people associate with sandals like Birkenstock; men’s 8=41=10 ladies). And just to complicate things…
the average persons feet will swell between
5% and 8% from morning to night. This can be
between 1/2 and 1 full size of shoes!
Try to time your shopping for shoes
sometime in the mid afternoon!
Have You Ever Wondered About The Tags In Your Shoes?
2) SOCK LINER (INSIDE)
A) GENUINE LEATHER
B) SYNTHETIC MATERIAL
C) FABRIC (USUALLY
D) LEATHER WITH
COATING (LIKE PATENT)
**COL TIP:Wrap your feet with a plastic cling wrap like ‘Saran Wrap’ after you put moisturizer on your feet. Cover with a pair of socks over top for about 1 hour. NEVER USE A BLADE TO TAKE OFF A CALLUS… remove the plastic wrap and use a pumice stone in the tub to wipe away the dead skin. It looks gross, but it works like a charm…**
**COL TIP: Screw a spray top (like a Glass Cleaner Spray Bottle) onto a bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide from the dollar store and lightly spritz your insoles and shoe insides. Let them dry over night to make your shoes fresher! Cost effective cleaning solutions to combat that funky baho smell!**