Measure Your Feet Day - January 23
Tue, Jan 23, 2024

Measure Your Feet Day

Some do not pay due attention to the lower limbs, and it never occurs to anyone to measure them at all. For many people, Measure Your Feet Day seems like a rather strange event. The average person does not take their feet as seriously and spends much less time caring for them than their face or teeth. The founders of the holiday specifically established this day to recall the importance of the lower extremities.


In Iceland, National Measure Your Feet Day has been celebrated since ancient times. Icelanders devoted most of their free time to competitions related to legs. In the spring, when heavy rains began in the country, residents hid in their homes and measured their feet. Over time, this ritual has become a tradition that marks the beginning of the rainy season.

For a long time, this national Spanish ritual was not known to the world, but after hundreds of years it is no longer a secret.

The names of the founders of the unusual celebration remain a mystery, but their idea was supported by hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world. Doctors say that measuring the legs will become useful and will allow a person to follow the changes. Over the years, the feet may expand, and ingrown toenails may appear. Timely measures taken will help to avoid the occurrence of health problems.

Fun facts

  • For most people on the planet, the foot varies in length.
  • Shoes with a heel greater than 6 cm increase the load on the forefoot by up to 75%.
  • The formation of the foot and growth stop occurs no earlier than 21 years.
  • There are 26 bones in each foot, and both feet account for ¼ of all human bones.
  • About 237 ml of fluid is produced by sweat glands located on the sole of one foot.
  • There are about 8 thousand nerves and a huge number of nerve endings on the feet, so they are more sensitive than other parts of the body to tickling.

How to celebrate

The easiest and most affordable way to take part in the celebration is to take a centimeter and measure the length and width of the feet.

Take this day to care for your feet. Warm bath with salt, scrub, and then a relaxing massage.

Video or photo of the leg measurement process can be posted on social networks. Most importantly, don’t forget to put #MeasureYourFeetDay.

When is Measure Your Feet Day celebrated in 2024?

Measure Your Feet Day is observed on January 23 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday January 23 2024
Thursday January 23 2025
Friday January 23 2026
Saturday January 23 2027