Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is a foot fetish?
Foot fetish is a sexual attraction to feet and footwear, also known as podophilia. People who have feet fetish get turned on by feet, toes, ankles, foot massages, high heels, everything related to feet. The degree of fetish also varies. Some people get turned on by just looking at the feet, while others are obsessed with painted nails, jewelry, or other accessories. The foot fetish is considered a very common and popular sexual fetish. Academic studies reveal foot is one of the most fetishized of all non-genital parts and objects.
Why do people have foot fetishes?
Just like eating and clothing preferences people have different sexual fetishes. There is no confirm theory on why people have foot fetishes. One of the earliest theories was given by Sigmund Freud. According to him, people sexualize feet because it resembles a penis.
One of the latest research done on the brain's body image map shows brain areas associated with genitalia and feet are adjacent to each other.
How do you know if you have a fetish?
It's not rocket science; it is pretty simple to know if you have a specific fetish. Any non-sexual object, body part, or action that arouse you instantly can be your fetish. These factors induce overwhelming desires in a person’s mind that he can't resist.
Next time when you encounter something which may turn your own instantly, you will have your answer. Most fetishes are harmless and mild. It is not necessary that fetish dominate your sexual life, but it can help spice up things in the bedroom.
Is it normal to have a fetish?
It is entirely normal to have a fetish. According to sex therapists Dr. Ian Kerner, 2-4% of males have fetish arousals. Moreover, it is less common in females than in males.
Fetish is not bad, and they are nothing to shy away from. They don't have to be dirty secrets. In fact, it is important to have communication with your partner about your fetishes. Gone are the days when kinks and fetishes were considered a mental disorder. If your partner really into you, he/she will not judge you for it.
How to deal with a fetish?
Fetish is often termed as an unconventional obsession. However, unconventional and uncommon doesn’t have to be associated with shame. The first step to start dealing with your fetish is to stop keeping it a secret. Try to find support from more sexual-positive circles. Talk openly to people in your inner circle and be more open about your desires.
Educate yourself more about the fetishes and understand more about your sexual desires. There are several fetish-optimized reading materials available online. Search for more information and talk with people who share a similar fetish.
Is foot fetish common?
Yes, foot fetish is one of the most common and popular fetishes known to people. Foot fetish is more commonly called foot worship. Some of the most common foot fetishes are tow kissing, sucking toes, watching videos of feet, rubbing sweat from feet, tattoos and nail paints on legs, etc.
Exact numbers are hard to figure out. According to one study published in the journal of sexual medicine, 10% of men either have a foot fetish or shoe fetish.
Are licking feet bad for health?
If feet are dirty and uncared for, licking feet can be bad for health. You need to make sure that your partner's feet are clean and do not have foot fungus. The yeast or fungal infection can give you an oral yeast infection.
What is the difference between kink and fetish?
Kinks are associated with unconventional sexual interests like bondage or paddling. Fetishes, on the other hand, are associated with objects, materials, features, or articles of clothing, etc. Fetish objects are not sexual on their own. Kinks involve sexual things like whiplash or dildos.
Fetish objects get sexualized when a person responds to them sexually. Some of the most common sexual fetishes are foot, rubber, leather, used underwear, armpits, piercing, clowns, mannequins, etc. There are more fetishes than you can imagine.