Video: The teen who can turn his feet back-to-front

Published 07 March 2017

Meet fourteen-year-old Maxwell Day from London, UK who has a world record thanks to his extraordinary feet.
Largest foot rotation collage

Maxwell’s talent for turning his feet backwards was discovered by Guinness World Records at the Minecraft conference Minecon 2015.
After seeing a photo of Moses Lanham, who was the record holder for Largest foot rotation at the time, Maxwell told a member of Guinness World Records staff he was certain he could break the record.

We were thrilled to confirm that Maxwell can rotate his right foot an incredible 157° and his left foot 143° - which officially breaks Moses's record of 120°.


FACT: There are 107 ligaments, 33 joints, 26 bones and 19 muscles in a foot. Taken together, the 52 bones in a pair of feet represent around 25% of all the bones in an adult human’s skeleton. The bones in the fingers and toes are called phalanges.

Moses Lanham
“I have always been able to do this and would like to share my talent,” Max said.
Surprisingly, Max says that rotating his feet comes very naturally and he feels no pain at all!
Maxwell Day
Maxwell was excited to find out he was featured in the Guinness World Records 2017 Edition book: “I am now in a book which I have been looking at for years.”
Moses, the former record holder for this title, still holds the title for Fastest time to walk 20 m with the feet facing backwards. He achieved the act of rapid reverse pedestrianism in a time of 19.59 seconds.
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