Foot fetishismfoot partialismfoot worshipping or podophiliais a pronounced sexual interest in feet. Foot fetishism has been defined as a pronounced sexual interest in feet. For a foot fetishist, points of attraction may include the shape and size of feet and toes e.
Extensions of this fetish include shoessocks and tickling. Sigmund Freud considered foot binding as a form of fetishism.
To estimate the relative frequency of fetishes, in researchers at the University of Bologna examined internet discussions of fetish groups, in which at least 5, people had been participating. Researchers estimated the prevalences of different fetishes based on the following elements:. Foot fetishism is the most common form of sexual fetish related to the body. In AugustAOL released a database of the search terms submitted by their subscribers.
In ranking only those phrases that included the word "fetish", it was found that the most common search was for feet. The first surviving mention of foot fetish is by Bertold of Regensburg in In one study, conducted by Dr.
A James Giannini at Ohio State Universityan increased interest in feet as sexual objects was observed during the great gonorrhea epidemic of twelfth-century Europe, and the syphilis epidemics of the 16th and 19th centuries in Europe.
An exponential increase was noted during the period of the current AIDS epidemic. In these cases, sexual footplay was viewed as a safe sex alternative. However, the researchers noted that these epidemics overlapped periods of relative female emancipation.