National I Love My Feet Day

Although feet often get a bad rap for being unattractive or smelly, they are actually a very important part of the human body. Approximately 25% of the bones in the body are found in the feet, as well as 18% of the joints and 6% of the muscles. Feet are responsible for supporting our body weight and facilitating everyday activities such as walking and running. That’s why someone invented a holiday that honors feet in a significant way and encourages people to love their own feet. This holiday is known as National I Love My Feet Day, and it falls on August 17th every year.

The History Of National I Love My Feet Day

National I Love My Feet Day was created by Carolyn D. Jenkins. It was intended to be a day on which people not only appreciated their feet but also took proper care of them. Taking care of your feet is especially important for individuals with diabetes or certain circulatory conditions.

Amazing Facts About National I Love My Feet Day

Feet are the focus of this holiday, so we decided to find out everything we could about this part of the body. We searched the internet high and low and came across some interesting facts about feet—facts that we would like to share with all of you right now.

  • There are approximately 100 muscles, 33 joints, and 26 bones in the human foot and ankle.
  • The average person should walk 10,000 steps a day.
  • The feet have over 8,000 different nerves in them, which is more per square centimeter than any other part of the body.
  • During a day of walking, your feet will experience forces equivalent to those of a fully-loaded cement truck.
  • By the time a baby is a year old, their feet are almost half of their adult size.
  • Human feet have approximately 250,000 sweat glands, and these glands can produce up to a half-pint of perspiration per day.
  • A person’s foot size will be the largest at the end of the day and the smallest at the beginning of the day.
  • Toenails grow much slower than fingernails. It takes approximately 6 months to grow an entirely new toenail.
  • Recent research has shown that there is no correlation between shoe size and penis size.
  • Morton’s Toe is the name given to the condition where the second toe of the foot is longer than the first toe.
  • The average person walks over 110,000 miles over the course of their lifetime.

Observing National I Love My Feet Day

All you have to do to celebrate this holiday is to show your feet some special care. Go out and get a pedicure and/or a foot massage. If you’re diabetic, then check your feet to ensure they’re in good condition and are free of cuts that could become infected. It’s also a good day to use the hashtag #NationalILoveMyFeetDay on your social media accounts to spread the word about this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2024)
August 17 Saturday
Next year (2025)
August 17 Sunday
Last year (2023)
August 17 Thursday
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