Support and propulsion are the two functions of the foot. Our feet permit us to walk, stand, sit, and kneel. They bear our weight when we jump, run, or reach above our heads. The 26 bones in the foot are shaped in the form of an arch to provide a broad, strong support for the weight of the body. Because of how valuable our feet obviously are to us, we want to protect them from the hazards of the workplace. Every day hundreds of workers in the United States suffer disabling injuries to their feet and toes. Foot and toe injuries numbered 115,300 in 1994 according to 1996 Bureau of Labor Statistics figures. This number represents over five percent of all disabling injuries. The foot is especially vulnerable to injury. For example, it is possible to severely sprain your ankle simply by stepping off a curb! Yet many workers ignore the serious hazards in the workplace and refuse to wear protective footwear.