Foot fetishism, also known as podophilia, is when a person is sexually attracted to feet. It can include things associated with feet such as shoes, socks, and sandals.
Each foot fetishist has their own preference. They can prefer different sizes and shapes. The footwear is also a part of foot fetishism, such as barefoot or flip flops. Some foot fetishists like foot jewelry, and others like the interaction with the feet, such as smelling, licking or tickling.
Foot fetishism can arise very early in childhood, as part of the first budding sexuality. Even children can experience foot fetishism. The American neurologist Vilayanur Ramachandran found a possible explanation for the fetish in the position of the feet and genitalia on the somatosensory homunculus.
The Science Behind It
The brain's pleasure sensors for sex and the pleasure sensors for Feet are very close to each other. Some researches believe this may be a factor in forming a foot fetish.