Foot Fetishes - How Common Is it?

Foot fetishism is one of the most common of all the fetishes. Although usually linked to male sexuality and male preferences, women may also exhibit a sexual fetish even though the focus and object could be different, e.g., a fetish for womens' shoes.

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Sexual fetishism, or erotic fetishism, is scheduled by Wikipedia as the full sexual confidence a person receives from a physical object. The article of interest is called the fetish, anyone a fetishist who has a fetish for your object....Arousal from the particular body part is not to be confused with fetishism because it is classified as partialism."

The spectacular fact about fetishes happens when it exists, there is someone around who is attracted to it. Along with the advent of the web, there exists probably a special club dedicated to that specific fetish. Some common fetishes focus on body parts, such as feet, breasts, breast augmentations, legs, or butt. Other fetishes focus on bodily functions, such as sneezing, urination, or going number 2. Then there are fetishes focused on clothing, for example womens' underwear, leather outfits, or baby diapers. And some fetishes require specific treatment, such as being given enemas, nursing with a woman's breasts, or just being spanked or tickled.

Not long ago i searched online to discover research and statistics regarding the prevalence of fetishes, specifically foot fetishes. One sire listed 34 Yahoo and 6 MSN Foot Fetish Groups, some focused on lesbians, indicating it is not only men who have foot fetishes.

In August 2006, AOL evaluated search phrases used by their subscribers that included the term "fetish." At that time, the most commonly searched "fetish" was for "feet." Another study in 2007 in the University of Bologna examined 381 Internet discussions about fetishes which in fact had involved about 5000 participants. They discovered that the greatest number of discussion groups along with the greatest number of messages written were focused on body parts. And interestingly, our bodies parts most mentioned were feet and toes. In a discussion group, some people quoted statistics as high as 20-40%.

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However, to put things into perspective, being a practicing sex therapist and counselor for over 25 years, We've worked with only "TWO" men who had real foot fetishes. There must be a distinction made between "partialism," a focus on one body part that is certainly found to be most arousing versus "fetishism," a focus on one body part that's often the ONLY method of sexual arousal.

Men, or women, which has a true foot fetish usually CANNOT become aroused without totally emphasizing the partner's feet. Men, or women, with a partialism toward feet may enjoy their partner wearing high heel shoes, having toes that appear perfectly aligned, or some other aspect that they prefer, but they also can become aroused through the touch and other aspects of a partner's appearance or presence.

There don't appear to be valid statistics around the prevalence of foot fetishes, in my working experience the prevalence is pretty low. Of course, this could mean that some people with extreme foot fetishes never have sought therapy as their fetish does not appear to harm anyone and they also do not feel a desire or desire to change.

Knowing someone who has a foot fetish or you, yourself, have a foot fetish, it is likely you need to understand that this isn't an easily "cured" sexual arousal pattern. The brain stimulation and association was probably formed at a very young age, perhaps even at a preverbal age, in early childhood or early adolescence. And quite often, the person with a fetish doesn't really want to change, though it can be inconvenient and preclude creating a romantic relationship with a real partner.