Ten Fun Facts About Your Feet and Ankles

Many families like to play trivia games when they’re together. Is yours one of them? If so, here are some facts to help you “bone up” before your next tournament.


  • Each of your feet and ankles contains 26 bones that combine into 33 joints. Together, these account for more than one-quarter of the 206 bones in your body.

  • The bones in your feet are supported by more than 100 soft tissue structures, including tendons, ligaments, and muscles.

  • A doctor who specializes in treating the feet, ankles, and lower legs is called a podiatrist. You can tell that your doctor is a podiatrist when you see the letters DPM after his or her name, standing for Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.

  • The soles of the feet contain more nerve endings per square inch of skin than any other part of your body.

  • There are more than 100,000 sweat glands in each of your feet, and each foot can excrete more than four ounces of sweat each day.

  • If your feet sweat much more than average, you may have a medical condition called hyperhidrosis. You can find out solutions by talking to your podiatrist.

  • Good hygiene is important to prevent the unpleasant odor that all that sweat can create. If you wash daily but still can’t manage the odor, you may have bromodosis. Your podiatrist can help.

  • Women are more than four times more likely than men to experience foot pain. This is likely due to footwear fashion choices. You can protect your feet by saving those high heels for special occasions.

  • The average American takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which add up to 115,000 miles in a lifetime. This is more than 4 times the circumference of the globe!

  • Foot health is often indicative of overall wellness. Illnesses including diabetes, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease often appear first in the feet.

Do you have a concern about your foot health? It’s time to come visit Podiatry Group of Annapolis’s comfortable office to see podiatrist James M. McKee, DPM, FACFAS. Dr. McKee will thoroughly examine your feet, carefully diagnose your problem, and work with you to create an effective and individualized plan for treatment and ongoing care. Call us at 410-224-4448 or click here today to get started.