Foot health

26 August 2010

Foot facts quiz answers

Foot facts quiz answers

1. Achilles, the greatest Greek warrior hero gave his name to the strongest tendon in the body. It connects your calf muscles to your heel bone and is used when you walk, run, and jump.

2. The average person walks about 160 000km in their lifetime, enough to walk around the earth 4 times. That works out to around 6.5km a day.

3. There are 26 bones in each foot. To put that in context, there are 206 bones in the body which means more than a quarter of all our bones in our bodies are in our feet.

4. There are 33 joints in each foot.

5. Over 100 ligaments hold all the joints together in each foot

6. There are about 250 000 sweat glands in the feet. The average person will lose about a cup of moisture a day through the feet.

7. At birth the bones in the foot are mostly cartilage and slowly harden as the foot grows. The bones in the foot will only be completely ossified (hardened) at around 21 years of age.


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