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For many women, it's a love-hate relationship between them and their heels. At the end of the day, they aren't willing to sacrifice style for comfort. In a recent survey of women, 42 percent say they wear shoes that hurt. A startling 73 percent admitted to already having a shoe-related foot issue like bunions, corns, calluses, or hammertoes. "You know when they become a condition that affects you on a daily basis, it's time to talk about some surgery," says Dr. Jordanna Baker of Coastal Podiatry Associates.

Dr. Jordanna Baker, X-rays With and Without High Heels

In a rare look of what's inside those heels, Dr. Baker took an x-ray of the foot with and without heels, remarking that when a foot is inside a heel, "that's almost a 90 degree angle right there, so there's an excessive amount of pressure right here, and directly under the heel, and the Achilles tendon is contracted," Dr. Baker says. "Over time, those become major deforming forces on the foot." What many may not realize is that as we get older, the fat pad in the bottom of our foot actually diminishes. With less cushion between bone and shoe, it makes wearing high-heels  very difficult to bear.

Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.

Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.

 

Sparkles, spangles and color, new or vintage, whatever your preference in wedding shoe styles, there’s one trend that every bride should get behind: comfort. “Pretty flats and even tennis shoes have been gaining popularity among brides for several years, and while those styles may not be to everyone’s taste, the concept of comfortable wedding shoes is good for everyone,” says Dr. Crystal Holmes, a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) and spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).

Dr. Crystal Holmes

While an APMA survey indicates that most women do emphasize comfort over looks when choosing dress shoes, brides may consider comfort less important than style on their big day. “Brides may think that since they’re only wearing their wedding shoes for a day, it doesn’t matter if the shoes make their feet hurt,” Holmes says. “But shoes that hurt your feet can cause long-term problems, and make existing ones even worse. Sore feet can put a damper on your wedding, reception, and even honeymoon.”

Source: The News Record 

Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.

Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.

 

It might seem hard to believe, but a sock could change the lives of people with diabetes. Some of those experts at the University of Arizona are in the process of helping to produce and test the Smart Sox. It's made with what's called intelligent textiles. It's not thread, but fiber optics. There are sensors inside the sock too. Dr. David Armstrong says UA researchers are interested in measuring how people move through the world, while working to heal them and keep them healed. It's expected that Smart Sox will give doctors the information they need to do both. This is a collaboration involving doctors, researchers, engineers, and patients.

Dr. David Armstrong

Armstrong says the Smart Sox and other similar technology will help doctors decide which treatment is best, and even help them dose physical activity like they dose medicine. "Too high, that's bad. Maybe you'll get a wound. Too low and you don't get all the benefits, the anti-diabetes benefits of being active. So there's that sweet spot," Armstrong says.
 
Source: Barbara Grijalva, Tucson News Now

Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.

Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.

 

You've been training for the Fifth Third River Bank Run four months through one of the coldest, snowiest, wettest winter and spring we've ever had. Now, you have a foot injury. Can you still run? Dr. Martin Hoffmeister with Northfield Podiatry in Grand Rapids says, "most minor soft tissues injuries are the type that respond to rest, ice, and anti-inflammatories. (These injuries) will not prevent you from running."

Dr. Martin Hoffmeister

"An injury which is progressive, and seems to be getting worse each time you run, should not be ignored. Soft tissue injuries like posterior tibial tendon ruptures occur spontaneously. You can't run through those. You're done. Minor sprains and strains that respond to conservative treatment should not prevent you from running," says Hoffmeister.

Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.

Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.

 

Lady Gaga’s “little monster” fans are not the only ones going gaga over the eccentric singer. Shoe addicts have also taken a liking to Gaga’s latest-over-the-top-fashion-choice, the heel-less shoes. Janine Smith, a Hillcrest-based podiatrist, said the extra pressure on the ball of the foot could cause unbearable pain, bunions, or a broken ankle. “Because there is no even distribution of pressure, the muscles and points have to work extra hard to balance your body,” she said.

Janine Smith / Lady Gaga's Heel-less shoes (Photo AP)

This “unnatural” way of wearing the shoe could cause shortening of the Achilles tendon, said Smith. “People who wear such shoes might, in the long run, find it difficult to wear a flat shoe and might even injury themselves while wearing it,” she said.

Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.

Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.

 



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