Weird Nature You Stand On Your Feet All Day Long - But What Do You Actually Know About Them?  

Beth Elias
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Feet get taken for granted - we stuff them into high heels, make them sweat in tennis shoes, and run around on them all day long. What do you know about your feet? The human foot is a highly complex part of your body that can suffer many different ailments.

From famous feet (did you know Ashton Kutcher has webbed feet?) to big feet, there's plenty of myths out there. Here are some feet facts to boost your foot knowledge. You'll be a polydactyly and hyperhidrosis expert in no time.

Your Feet Have A Lot Going On

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Feet may seem simple, but they definitely aren't. Your foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 19 muscles, and 107 ligaments! For comparison, your hand has 29 bones, 29 joints, 34 muscles, and 123 ligaments. 

You're Born Without An Arch

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The arch in your foot actually doesn't develop until you're two or three years old; babies are born without one and have fat filling in that area (which is what makes their feet exceptionally chubby and cute).

When a baby first learns to stand, they're not strong enough to support an arch just yet - so you won't know if your child is flat-footed until they're four or five. 

You're Not The Only One Who Can Have Too Many Fingers Or Toes

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Polydactyly, the medical term for being born with too many fingers or toes, will typically result in a child having surgery, but if there's no bone in the extra finger or toe, it can be tied off without surgery. When a fetus is developing the hands and feet start off as paddles, and then fingers and toes form from that. Polydactyly occurs when the paddle effectively splits too many times (webbed fingers or toes occur when the opposite happens). It occurs in about one of 1,000 births and can be inherited. Many animals can be born with polydactyly as well - cats, dogs, and even horses. 

There's a tie for feet with the most toes - two people have 13 toes (and 12 fingers). 

Foot Size Is Not Indicative Of The Size Of... Other Things

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Let's put this myth to rest. There was an actual, totally real, completely medical study done to determine if there was any correlation between foot size and the size of a man's package. It turned out that there was not. The researchers even did all the measuring themselves, thus making certain that men weren't adding an inch or two.