Posts for: June, 2014
The Chinese custom of breaking the bones of young girls’ feet to structurally restrict size and growth began in the 10th century, but wasn’t banned until 1911 and in some rural areas continued as late as 1939. Photographer Jo Farrell has been working on a project funded by Kickstarter to document the last living women subjected to foot binding, all currently in their 80s and 90s.
The process typically began between the ages of 4 and 9, while girls’ arches were still forming and therefore more pliable. The feet were soaked in mixtures of animal blood and herbs. Then the toes were broken into the soles and the arches were cracked so that the front of the foot could be folded under. Thick bandages held feet in the desired shape until the bones healed in place.
While feet no longer receive the negative attention of manual reshaping, they also often lack the positive attention needed to maintain health. For information about every day foot care practices to keep your feet at their best, see podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitzwill care for all of your podiatric concerns.
Every Day Foot Care
People tend to take better care of their bodies, face, and hair than their feet. However, the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies and must be given proper care. It is important to check your feet regularly for cuts, bruises or other irregularities that signify a bigger problem.
For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit can also help sustain good foot health, and make it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip-flops.
Wearing clean socks within closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. This will help prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.
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Between 1870 and 1980, the average height for the European male shifted from 5’ 5” to 5’ 10.” Better nutrition, and recently problems of overeating, has caused a trend in overall body expansion. This trend includes foot size.
According to the College of Podiatry, averages for both men and women have increased by two shoe sizes over the last forty years. To accommodate the extra weight, feet are becoming broader. This is especially visible in cases of childhood obesity, because children’s bones are still supple and very able to spread under added pressure.
This increasing foot size is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as feet are not forced into footwear that is too small. Wearing the wrong shoe size increases risks of hammertoes, bunions, and joint problems. For help with footwear choices or any other foot or ankle concerns, see podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz will attend to any of your podiatric needs.
Getting the Right Shoe Size: How To Keep Your Feet Happy
Are your shoes the right size? Many people are walking around with ill-fitting shoes. Picking the right shoe size is not rocket science, but there are a few things to remember when selecting your next pair.
- Make sure your toes are not cramped
- Be able to wiggle your toes
- There should be one inch between your toes and the shoe’s tip
Most shoe stores and department stores have rulers for measuring your feet, and these can give you an exact size. Be sure to measure with your shoe on. Measuring your foot will give you a different size than your shoe. If you do measure your foot size, you will need to add 1-2 inches to get the proper sizing.
If your shoes are not properly sized, you can experience:
Don’t assume that you will always wear the same size in a shoe. Often manufacturers size shoes differently.
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For more information, please contact our office located in Paramus and Paterson, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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Model and television presenter Abbey Clancy has the best celebrity legs according to a survey of 2,000 British women. With summer fast approaching, it has been discovered that almost half of women cover up their legs and feet during the warm months due to hairy legs and a lacking tan; nearly half were self-conscious over having hard skin on their feet and cracked heels.
Clancy says, “I know I tend to hide in a pair of skinny jeans and ballet pumps when I’ve neglected my legs and feet. However, I get the most compliments and feel best about myself when I have taken the time to ensure my legs are smooth and hair-free and that my feet are well cared for.”
Cracked heels can occur when you neglect careful care of your feet. If you suffer from cracked heels, speak with podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz can attend to any of your foot and ankle concerns.
The Truth about Cracked Heels
Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.
How do you get them?
Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.
Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief, or who suffer from chronic dry feet.
Wear Socks– wearing socks with medicated creams, helps lock in moisture so it can stay on longer.
Moisturizers– applying it both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.
Pumice Stones– these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore the outer layer dead skin needs removal.
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While Chris Bath was forced to stop dancing ballet as a young girl due to knock-knees and flat feet, today the Seven Sunday Night host is still supporting her love for dance. Through her role as the new ambassador of Form Dance Projects in Parramatta, Bath is backing a push from local business and creative leaders to create an artistic hub in the city. Fourteen years ago, Form Dance Projects began as a community outreach center; today it is looking to accommodate its 800 dancers, choreographers, and school students.
“I loved dancing, but was not anatomically made for it so I had no turnout, my knees always wanted to knock in and my feet were also flat,” says Bath. “I realized at age 12 when my teacher told me, but I refused to give in. This is the great thing about Form, it’s not just dancing—there are opportunities to become involved in workshops, choreography, special artistic projects.”
Flat feet can be a debilitating condition. If you have flat feet contact podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz can discuss with you several options to help alleviate the problems of flat feet or other podiatric conditions.
What are Flat Feet?
Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.
Conditions & Problems:
Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.
Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.
- Pain around the heel or arch area.
- Trouble standing on the tip toe.
- Swelling around the inside of the ankle.
- Flat look to one or both feet.
- Having your shoes feel uneven when worn.
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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices in Paramus and Paterson, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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