Fascinating Foot Facts

If we didn’t think that feet were fascinating, we wouldn’t have become podiatrists. Feet are intriguing and complex! They have some interesting history behind them as well – facts that you may find peculiar or surprising. So here you go – some random foot facts from around the world:

  • Foot Binding was practiced in China beginning as early as the 12th The foot bones of very young girls were repeatedly broken and their feet bound in ribbon or cloth to make them as small as possible. Tiny feet were considered elegant and even erotic. Thankfully, the practice fell out of fashion and is now illegal in China.
  • Feet come in many shapes and sizes, but few women pay attention to this when buying shoes. 90% of women will experience some form of foot deformity because they’re wearing shoes that don’t fit them properly. Those foot and toe deformities include bunions, hammertoes, mallet toes, and claw toes.
  • About 3% of the population suffers from excessively sweaty feet. One effective treatment for sweaty soles involves zapping the feet with electrical current. (Sounds weird, but it works and we perform iontophoresis right here in our office.)
  • Only two of the world’s dozen or so shoe museums are located in North America:
    • The Bata Museum in Toronto, Canada researches, collects, and exhibits anything related to the history of footwear and shoemaking. A tour covers 4,500 years of shoe history with an international collection of more than 13,000 shoes and shoe memorabilia. Manolo Blahnik fans may delight in learning that the museum is currently exhibiting a collection of the designer’s fanciful, artful high heels through January 2019.
    • Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia has a museum that owns 900 pairs of shoes. That collection includes the weird, wild, and the celebrity shoe, as well as some samples of ancient, tiny “lily shoes” from China worn by those unfortunate victims of foot binding.

Dr. Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B Frey of Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland are no strangers to broken bones, feet that perspire too much, deformed toes, and all other maladies of the foot and ankle. When you visit us at our podiatry practice in Solon, Ohio, you’ll get an expert diagnosis and treatment. And those are the facts! Call us at (440) 903-1041 or contact us online to request an appointment.