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A recent study by the College of Podiatry in the UK revealed that wearing high heels can cause permanent damage to your feet, ranging from stress fractures, nerve entrapment and arthritis. Although heels are quite appealing to women and often the perfect accessory to a well thought out outfit, 20 percent of women in the study admitted to feeling pain from heels after only 20 minutes of wear. This may be related to the idea that one-third of women admitted to wearing the wrong size heel simply because they looked nice, and because they could not find a pair in their size. Sounds like most women out there are willing to be in pain for the sake of fashion. Another interesting statistic is that 28 percent of women admitted to dancing barefoot because they could not tolerate the pain anymore, while one-third walked home barefoot.

Women are more likely to suffer from foot issues than men, and twice as likely to suffer from corns, cracked heels, and bunions. Given only 12 percent of men have chosen painful shoes for the sake of style, compared to 43 percent of women, it seems clear why women are suffering with foot pain. In addition to this, 19 percent of women did not seek medical help for their foot problems because they felt it was unimportant.

Although heels may look nice, a more appropriate shoe could save your feet. Issues such as those listed above can result in surgery if left to worsen, and can contribute to long-standing pain. If heels are something you cannot live without, don’t be the 19 percent who believe their foot complaints are unimportant. Foot pain is telling you there is a problem. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Purdy at The Foot Clinic and learn about treatment options that can resolve your foot pain.

Jonathan Purdy, DPM

 

Twilight Star Kristen Stewart was seen hopping up the red carpet on crutches at the Oscars. At award ceremonies like the Oscars, stares usually are seen sporting some very unique fashion accessories. But crutches, that defiantly tops the list of unique fashion accessories.

 It turns out though that Stewart wasn’t trying to make a fashion statement but she actually was on the crutches because she cut her foot stepping on broken glass. Now you may scoff and say “she should have watched where she was walking.” However, even the most vigilant person could accidently end up stepping on broken glass.

We live in a very busy world and often have a thousand things running through our head at once and typically, broken glass on the ground is not one of these worries. Those with little kids who may accidently break something (and not tell you) or large pets that knock things over are at a higher risk of stepping on broken glass or other objects. You go walking through your house and all of a sudden “crunch,” you just stepped on broken glass. While you can’t stop the unforeseeable, you can take precautions to prevent injury from happening. For example, when indoors it is a good idea to wear shoes or slippers to help protect your feet from these unforeseeable circumstances.

 If you do cut your foot on glass, make an appointment to see your local New Iberia Podiatrist at The Foot Clinic so they can remove the debris and bandage you up. Do not try to pull out the debris on your own and bandage it up because there may be small pieces that are not visible to the naked eye and require special imaging tools like ultrasound or x-ray to see. If these small pieces do not get removed, it could cause the wound to get infected which could turn your simple office visit into a hospital stay. Dr. Jonathan Purdy and staff at The Foot Clinic in New Iberia wish Kristen Stewart a speedy recovery so she can get back to doing what vampires do best. 

Jon Purdy, DPM

 

There has been a recent research project at a runner’s exposition where an individual’s actual running style was compared to what they thought it was and they were educated on the different types of running styles people have. It’s quite surprising to find out how people (including seasoned runners) differed from what they thought their running style was to what it actually is. At the exposition they looked at three different foot strike patterns: 1) heel striker-a person who strikes the ground with the heel of their foot, 2) forefoot striker- a person who strikes with the ground with the ball of their foot, 3) midfoot striker- a person who strikes the ground with the heel and the ball of their foot at the same time.

 If you are curious about your foot strike pattern, you could see your local New Iberia Podiatrist to help you determine what it is. Also, depending on your running style, you may experience different types of pain after running. A heel striker is more susceptible to heel and knee pain. A forefoot striker is more likely to feel pain around the ball of their foot and into their shins. If you are a runner and experiencing pain, one method you could try would be to alter your running style.

You may also look at your footwear if they are looking worn down, it is time to change them. Shoes typically need to be changed every 300-500 miles. The style of your shoe is going to vary depending on your running style. A heel striker is going to want a shoe that has more padding around the heel area, a forefoot striker will want more padding around the ball of their foot, and a midfoot striker will want padding between the heel and the ball of their foot. For people who are into barefoot running or running in minimalist shoes, they will benefit more from a forefoot or midfoot style of running. If you have any questions about running styles or your running shoes, set up an appointment with Dr. Jonathan Purdy at The Foot Clinic in New Iberia and we’ll help you out.

Dr. Jonathan Purdy 



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