shoes come under scrutiny for their potential to damage feet
Back to Main MenuReal Estate TransfersBack to Main MenuLocal Grocery AdsSpecial SectionsLocal AdsLagniappeA cheap ugg classic tall model wears a creation of Just Cavalli women's Fall Winter 2010/2011 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Giuseppe Aresu)Cigarettes, once upon a time, were thought of as a glamorous addiction. Today, they come with a health warning.Could it be that certain shoes may one day face a similar fate? Leora Tanenbaum hopes so. shoes are a health hazard. Wearing them for prolonged periods on a regular basis may lead to deformity, pain and ugly feet. Your Achilles tendons may shorten, making it impossible to wear flats even if you want to. Wear with caution. the past few years, shoes those things that humans have laced up, slipped into and strapped on for centuries are coming under new scrutiny for their potential to do us bodily harm.Tanenbaum focus is primarily on those towering, platform, high heeled torture chambers that have been all the rage for the past five years or so think Christian Louboutin red soled beauties or just about any pair of shoes worn by Victoria Beckham.But more innocent appearing footwear, the kind we turn to when our feet ache ballet flats, flip flops, even running shoes also have come under assault.Tanenbaum book an amusing as well as eye opening read that traces women abuse of their feet all the way back to biblical times cites a litany of medical research about the unpleasant and downright ugly dangers of wearing heels higher than 2 1/2 inches. Corns and callouses are mild compared to bunions, bloody blisters, UGG Bailey Button 5803 Chocolate hammer toes and plantar fasciitis (inflammation on the bottom of the feet).But skyscraper heels may not be the only offenders. A study published in December found that some running shoes can put more strain on joints than a pair of stilettos. Ugg boots and flip flops also have been cited by the American Podiatric Medical Society for their lack of support, potentially leading to sprained ankles and ligament injuries.Dr. Casey Kerrigan, a specialist in biomechanics and human gait, examined 68 subjects running on a treadmill both barefoot and wearing running shoes. The shoes increased the torque or twisting of joints by more than 30 percent, more than the torque increase typically shown in women wearing high heels.The study has added fuel to a micro trend of joggers, walkers and even marathoners forsaking footwear all together and opting instead to go barefoot when they hit the track. Kathleen Stone, president of the American Podiatric Medical Association and a podiatrist in Glendale, Ariz., attributes it to the of the active baby boomers. This is the generation that is coming into more middle age and still attempting to do things and stay physically fit and now their feet are hurting, and they asking questions. ugg classic short 5825 sand boots It part of the aging process. The joints and, in particular, the feet take so much abuse.have always been an interesting indicator of what going on in society, she said. now there a real focus on wellness across the board, and that leading to the attention on shoes. pointed to the growing genre of footwear designed to give legs a workout while you walking, such as Reebok Easy Tone, Skechers Shape Ups, FitFlops and MBTs.become best sellers, she said of the various tone ugg classic tall boots size 11 up trainers. interesting is that FitFlops specifically put you off balance so your muscles work harder. Basically the same thing happens when you wear stilettos. They force you to pull in on your stomach and you use your legs in a different way. heights also have been inching skyward over the past decade. Today, it common to see professionals in business suits hobbling to work on 3 and 4 inch heels. Such footwear once was the exclusive style for women who worked not in offices, but in strip clubs and on street corners.Christian Louboutin, the shoe designer beloved by Carrie Bradshaw acolytes everywhere, gets some of the credit for starting this trend, with his Hyper Prive wrapped platform pumps.changed the shoe landscape, Cleary said. he introduced five inch stilettos, all hell broke ugg bailey button triplet for women loose. Other designers started going higher and higher. shoes like these, the first jolt of pain may come from the steep designer price tag.After that, it could be the toes or the heels that start to ache.A visit to the podiatrist came back with a diagnosis of bunions. word made me think of onions and bad breath, she said.Heredity, rather than shoes, was to blame. But as she started researching foot ailments,is a part of our brain that does know that wearing ill fitting shoes isn good, but I honestly didn know that if I wore shoes that I had to cram my feet into, I could be doing real damage, said Tanenbaum, who is barefoot in the photo on the back cover of her book. there was a time two generations ago that people didn know smoking was bad for you. I hope this serves as a wake up call in the same way. points out that 94 percent of all bunion surgeries are performed on women.