General Statistics

Dr. Robert Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

FeetKnowing where we currently stand in the world of podiatry allows us to plan for the future care and treatment of all foot and ankle conditions. Our office has accumulated a series of informational statistics in order to aid our Medford patients in their personal education of medical conditions and treatments. Below are just a few of the many facts about your feet.


Aging and the feet

  • 3 in 4 Americans have had some sort of foot problem during their lifetime.
  • On average, a child will take their first steps between 10 and 18 months.
  • Before a child reaches the age of one their feet grow to nearly half of their adult size.
  • Toenails tend to grow faster during teen years, in hot climates, and pregnancy.

Anatomy of the feet

  • The foot and ankle in a human body is constructed of 26 different bones, 33 joints, and over 100 ligaments, muscles, and tendons.
  • There are over a quarter of a million sweat glands in any pair of feet.
  • Due to the large number of sweat glands in the feet, half a pint of perspiration is formed from them daily.
  • Most people have one foot that is larger than the other.

Biomechanical information

  • Every time the foot lefts up during walking, the toes carry a force equal to half of your body weight for a moment.
  • When running, the pressure put on the feet can reach four times as much as the person’s weight.
  • Most feet will increase two sizes as an individual stands up.

Specific Conditions

  • The leading disability in America is arthritis and it affects nearly seven million people.
  • Around 2 in 3 diabetics have some form of nerve damage from their condition.
  • Many patients develop corns and calluses from skin rubbing against improperly fitting shoes.
  • Plantar warts can develop by contracting a virus through breaks in the skin while walking barefoot.
  • Ingrown toenails commonly form from improper nail trimming techniques.
  • The use of communal showers has been known to lead to the development of Athlete’s foot, plantar warts, and even ring worm.
  • Severe conditions like arthritis and diabetes typically show symptoms in the feet before any other part of the body.
  • The number one cause of peripheral vascular disease is cigarette smoking.

Lifestyle choices

  • Walking has been listed as one of the best exercises for the feet as it aids in cardiovascular health.
  • Standing still actually requires more effort than walking as it forces the same muscles to bear weight over a longer period of time.
  • Women are four times more likely than men to develop foot problems.
  • The average woman will walk three more miles a day than the average man.
  • Nine in ten women have said that they wear shoes too small for them.

A history of shoes

  • The first known shoes are thought to have been created in the Stone Age from animal skins.
  • It was in ancient Rome where the first left and right shoes were created. Before this time shoes were made to go on either foot.
  • Shoe sizes were formed under the rule of King Edward II of England who declared that the size of one barley corn would equate to a single shoe size.

Our wonderful staff would love to address all of your concerns. If you have any question about the general condition or treatment of your feet or ankles, contact our Houston, TX office at 281-497-2850 or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Robert Parker.