Measure Your Feet Day is a celebration held on January 23 every year. It is strange to have a separated day for the feet. However, it is really necessary because the feet are an important part of the body. Usually, we don't care about our feet, and a day like this is just a reminder to all of us to take more care of our feet. Of course, measuring feet is one way to make this holiday extra special.
History of Measure Your Feet Day
The story behind Measure Your Feet Day dates back to ancient Iceland. The ancient Icelanders spent most of their free time engaging in activities that involved their feet, and when spring, a time known for extreme rainstorms in Iceland, the natives would run in their huts and celebrate the rain by measuring their feet. This is a traditional way to celebrate rainstorms. From there, it became known all over the world, and Measure Your Feet Day has become something beyond ancient Iceland.
This may sound like a crazy thing to spend the day alone, but there is an interesting story behind it and one that not many people know!
When did you measure your feet?
Most of us don't measure our feet after childhood. However, you may not know that as we age, our feet change in size. While they don't literally grow, they can get flatter and wider (think of all the pressure your feet take every day) and your shoes might not fit as well as they used to. Your feet size will be changed if you gain or lose weight.
Why do you have your feet measured?
If you don't measure your feet regularly, chances are your shoes don't fit. If your shoes don't fit properly, you could be at risk for a variety of problems, including:
- Foot pain and deformities such as hammer toes, calves, and calluses.
- Ingrown toenails
Poorly-fitting shoes can also cause you to walk differently, leading to extra pressure on your knees and ankles - which can lead to your joint problems later on.
What can you do if you are wearing the wrong size shoes?
The best thing to do is buy a shoe that is the right size, especially if you walk a lot or like to walk or run. You'll get a good idea of the size you need from your own measurements, but you'll also need to try on the shoes of your choice before you buy them. Remember that your feet will get bigger at the end of the day and after exercise.
When trying on shoes, make sure the ball of your foot fits the widest part of the shoe - if they're too tight, don't expect them to stretch to fit. A tight shoe will never stretch any further. Your heel should also fit comfortably without slipping or bouncing up and down.
If you are unsure, ask for help.
How to celebrate Measure Your Feet Day
So how can you celebrate this day? One of the things you can do is check the size of your shoes. The size of your shoes and making sure you have the right fit are important in maintaining foot health.
If you notice that you have pain in your feet, it doesn't matter if it's in your heels or toes, this could be a sign that your shoes are too tight. It can also be a sign that your shoes are too loose as even loose shoes can cause your feet problems that they wouldn't have if you chose the right size.
If this happens to you, measure your feet and then go out and buy the right shoe size!
Make sure you are taking the correct measurements when you take out the tape measure. Put all the information on paper so you don't forget and then you can be sure you're working with exact numbers, not estimating from what you can remember. There's not much more you can do to celebrate this day; just make sure you're measuring your feet and you're in!
Hopefully, after reading this article, you've learned more about Measure Your Feet Day, its origins, and how you can get involved.
ObservedMeasure Your Feet Day has been observed annually on January 23rd.
Thursday, January 23rd, 2020
Saturday, January 23rd, 2021
Sunday, January 23rd, 2022
Monday, January 23rd, 2023
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024