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HEALTH BEAT FOOT CARE


the foot or toes can also place extra pressure on the toe. Hammertoes - A hammertoe is a


deformity of the second, third or fourth toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, so that it resembles a hammer. Initially, hammertoes are flexible and can be corrected with simple measures, but if left untreated, they can become fixed and require surgery. Though not


all, many of the above


problems can be aggravated by wearing shoes that are too tight, or heels that are too high. A study by the American Podiatric Medical Association showed that 39 percent of women wear high heels daily. This is down from the 60 percent who wore high heels back in 1986. This same study showed that 42 percent of women would wear uncomfortable shoes despite pain, and that 73 percent had shoe-related foot problems. Heels can be a woman’s best friend because


of the sexy look they create, but they can also hurt like crazy! Remember the ladies from the 1980s that would walk down the street wearing their corporate power suits, dark nylons and a pair of white Reeboks? Is it time for those days to return, or are there steps that can be taken to proactively care for your feet? Podiatrist Dr. Borys Markewych, who


owns Spokane Foot & Ankle Clinic, offers the following advice on foot care. “Your shoes and feet aren’t supposed to hurt,” he says, dispelling the myth that painful feet are an acceptable price for beauty. “It is better to deal with any problems earlier” before it escalates into a more serious condition. “Our structures get old, worn down and


Trained in Europe since 1971 - Formerly of Nordstrom


experience micro trauma,” he explains. As our bodies grow and change, so too does the shape of the foot. Just as you would not continue to stuff your body into the same size clothing you wore while 20 pounds lighter, you should not cram your foot into a shoe size you may have worn once, but which no longer fits. With changes in the foot size and amount of padding on the bottom of the foot, often come changes in tolerance for sky-high heels. That doesn’t necessarily mean a life sentence of ballet flats, though. “Two inches seems to be the magic


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number,” says Markewych of the ideal height for a heel. If a heel is any higher, weight is put on the ball of the foot, which causes pain and possibly damage.


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