National I Love My Feet Day is celebrated on August 17 every year. You might be wondering why feet are being celebrated — well the real question should be ‘why aren’t you celebrating it?.’ We know feet are sometimes associated with being gross, but the truth is feet do a whole lot for us as humans: from carrying our entire body weight to carrying any extra load we carry, like groceries and other heavy materials. Feet are the foundation for the entire body in terms of support, balance, posture, and overall well-being, so they should be catered to.
History of National I LOVE My feet Day
National I Love My Feet Day was invented by Carolyn Jenkins and was intended to be a day in which people not only loved their feet but took proper care of them. Taking care of your feet is of utmost importance for individuals with diabetes or certain circulatory conditions. It is worth knowing that 75% of all adults have a foot problem, and we should aim to drastically reduce that number. These foot problems usually come from wearing improper footwear, such as oversized or undersized footwear as many people still don’t know their accurate sizes.
Footwear choices have to be carefully made as they can create a lifetime of misery if chosen wrongly. As our feet are our primary mode of transport, we often forget how hard they work while they quietly and faithfully help us stand, walk, run, skip, jump and play sports. They take us wherever we want to go — from school to work and recreational sites. They withstand all the things we do in our everyday lives, accomplishing a lot of things our hands cannot.
National I Love My Feet Day serves as a reminder to learn about our feet, share good foot care tips, footwear guidance, foot care, and product information, and partake in activities to help us celebrate our feet and keep them healthy. The inaugural I Love My Feet Day was observed in 2015 after submission by Carolyn Jenkins in May 2015. It has been observed annually ever since and this year makes it the eighth celebration of I Love My Feet Day.
National I LOVE My feet Day timeline
The Brannock Device is invented by Charles F. Brannock to measure feet and determine shoe size.
The system is developed by the International Organization for Standardization to create a universal footwear sizing system.
The inaugural “I Love My Feet Day” is observed.
National I Love My Feet Day is celebrated on August 17.
National I LOVE My feet Day FAQs
What time of day should you measure your feet?
It is best to measure them in the evening when the feet have expanded to their largest.
What kind of doctor takes care of feet?
The Podiatrist is the doctor that takes care of the feet and everything below the knee.
What is the top of the foot called?
The bone at the top of the foot is called ‘talus’ — it forms a joint with the two bones of the lower leg, the tibia, and fibula.
National I LOVE My feet Day Activities
Get a pedicure or foot massage
Celebrate the day by getting a pedicure or foot massage. It helps your feet stay fresh and healthy.
Buy a new pair of comfy shoes
Say no to oversized and undersized shoes. Get a new pair of comfy shoes today.
Go for a walk
Celebrate the day by going for a walk. It helps to strengthen your foot muscles.
5 Interesting Facts About Feet
The feet house approximately 100 muscles, 33 joints, and 26 bones.
10,000 steps should be taken daily
The average person should walk 10,000 steps daily.
They grow fast
A one-year-old baby’s feet are almost half of their adult size.
They have approximately 250,000 sweat glands
Human feet have about 250,000 sweat glands and can produce a half-pint of perspiration per day.
Foot sizes vary depending on the time
Foot sizes are the largest by the end of the day and the smallest at the beginning of the day.
Why We Love National I LOVE My feet Day
It reminds us to care for our feet
Feet are usually overlooked. National I Love My Feet Day serves as a reminder to take care of them.
It helps reduce foot problems
With the various activities that happen on the day, foot problems are generally reduced. Because of massages, alongside other activities that care for your feet, people’s feet are generally in a better state.
It helps people know their shoe size
While most people think they know their shoe size, they actually do not. This leads to people wearing slightly oversized or undersized shoes. National I Love My Feet Day serves as a reminder to accurately check shoe sizes.
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