The largest feet in the world belong to a Mr Matthew McGrory who lives in America whose feet are a whopping size 28! The 7ft4in resident of Florida, USA has to fork out a massive $22,745 for a pair of shoes to fit his unusually large feet.

My job stinks!

The record for the most feet sniffed belongs to a Madeline Albrecht, Cincinatti, Ohio, USA. So far, throughout her career working for a research company testing footcare products for Scholl, Madeline has sniffed approximately 5,600 feet.

Achilles heel

The Achilles tendon located in the heel of the foot was named after one of the most famous mythical characters from Ovid’s ‘Illiad’. In an attempt to immortalize her son, Thetis (Achilles’ Mother) dipped Achilles into the River Styx, holding him by his ankle. Therefore his ankle became the only part of his body capable of sustaining a mortal wound. This is why the strongest tendon in the foot acquired the name of Achilles tendon.

The walk of life

The average person walks about 10,000 steps a day (check if you’re walking as much as you should be by getting hold of a pedometer!). During a lifetime it is thought that a person has walked enough steps to have travelled around the planet more than 4 times, which is approximately 115,000 miles!

Those bones

25% of bones in the human body are located in the feet, which are made up from 52 bones.

Need a new pair of shoes?

Shopping for shoes is best done in the afternoon, when your feet have swollen a little. Then you can be sure that your new shoes will fit your feet at all times, and won’t pinch you. When trying on new shoes make sure you stand up and walk about in them to check how supportive and comfortable they are.

Try both shoes on as most people tend to have one foot larger than the other. Therefore you are better to get a pair that fits the larger foot, since shoes are only sold in matched sizes.

The feet can be one of the most indicative signs of an individual’s health. Early symptoms for diabetes, arthritis and circulatory problems can often show themselves initially in the feet.

Beauty is pain

Women suffer from four times as many foot problems as men. This is believed to be a result of their choice of footwear, such as shoes with narrow toes and high heels.


It is important that women wear correctly fitting footwear as on average they walk 3 miles further every day than the opposite sex!

Rising damp

The feet contain approximately 250,000 sweat glands that excrete as much as half a pint of moisture every day.

A Philosopher’s thoughts

The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates once claimed “When our feet hurt, we hurt all over”.

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