Probably You Not Know
Baby Feet: Cute for a Reason - There's more to infant feet than those kissable toes. Part of what may make babies' feet so cute is their structure: All babies are born with a pad of fat where an arch would normally be in an adult foot, which makes them appear flat and cutely chubby. In fact, arches don't usually show up until children are about 2 ½ years old.
Polydactylism: More to Love - After a baby is born, the obstetrician usually checks for 10 little fingers and 10 little toes. But occasionally, a surprise may turn up an extra digit (or two). Extra toes and fingers are technically known as polydactylism, and the condition is reported in about 1-2 of every 1,000 children.
Shoe Size Myths and Facts - We all know that American bodies are getting bigger, but what about our feet? In the United States, the best-selling shoe size is 8.5 for women and 10.5 for men. Those are both up a full size from 30 years ago, according to the National Shoe Retailers Association in a Chicago Tribune article.
How Do Your Toenails Grow? - Compared with fingernails, toenails grow much more slowly about 1 mm per month, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, whereas fingernails grow an average of 0.1 mm a day. It takes at least five to six months to grow an entirely new toenail.
The Relationship Between Feet and Sex - Did you know you could flirt with your feet? A UK study covered in the Telegraph found that when a woman is attracted to a man, she's likely to move her feet away from her body, in a more open stance. Signs she’s not interested? Sitting cross-legged or with her feet tucked under her body. And while men don't display attraction through their foot position, they also send emotional signals with their tootsies. Study author Geoffrey Beattie, PhD, found that men tend to move their feet more when they're nervous, while jittery women keep their feet still.
Going Barefoot: It's Only Natural - Ah, nothing feels better than going barefoot in the summer. But some people believe it's your right to go barefoot all year long, and not just at the beach. Organizations like the Society for Barefoot Living believe that wearing shoes is not just unnecessary, it can actually be harmful to foot health and lead to flat feet and deformities. And proponents of barefoot running say it can strengthen feet and reduce injuries.
What Causes Smelly Feet? - Yes, feet can get stinky. But it's no wonder, since each one contains about 250,000 sweat glands. While the sweat itself doesn't smell, socks and shoes can trap odor-causing bacteria, which thrive in dark, damp environments.
RIVERA FOOT & ANKLE: At Orlando H.Rivera DPM, our priority is to deliver quality care to informed patients in a comfortable and convenient setting. When you have problems with your feet, you need to turn to a podiatrist who listens and responds… an experienced doctor who knows the field and can effectively diagnose and treat your needs… a friendly physician who counsels you on the best ways to maintain and improve your health. Our physician(s) meet all these criteria. Plus, you benefit from a dedicated team of trained professionals who give you the individualized attention you deserve.
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