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The young ladies of the month — the graduates — sport the traditional white dresses under their scholarly cap and gown. But if your eyes stray to their feet, you may gasp. These young adults of today are strutting in shoes that may end up crippling their feet.

Laura, a Bull Run Foot Clinic assistant, graduated last week. She understands the consequences of high heels, however, being fashionable was more important. Her shoes, as well as the footwear for 95% of the ladies on the stage, were terrifying. Straps, and platforms with 4 to 6 inch spikes were the style for the evening.

The Washington Post reported today that high heels can put stress on the feet, ankles, knees, and back triggering pain throughout the body.

Laura promised me that the weapons on her feet will not be a common practice — this was a special occasion. However, for the ladies that wear them daily, reconsider your footwear. Women’s foot surgeries contribute to $3.5 billion in annual spending to combat the after effects of high heels.

jeff hillman bballThe media was buzzing about Jeff Hillman, the New York City homeless man who resurfaced without shoes — again.  Larry DePrimo, a kind New York City policeman,  bought Hillman socks and new boots on November 14th. 
 But once again – Hillman was in bare feet.  He said that he hid the boots because they were expensive.  Unfortunately, the feet are suffering from the frigid weather. 
Reports said that Hillman is, in fact, not homeless.  He has an apartment in the New York area and his family said that he chooses this lifestyle on the streets.   
Hillman was not always seeking a boot hand-out.  He attended South Plainfield High School, NJ and graduated in 1976.  Hillman (#21) played on the basketball team as pictured in yearbook.  He was a master at dribbling.  
It is unfortunate that an individual can resort to such a sad state of life.  The New York police officer performed an admirable deed that happened to be caught by a tourist photo.   Some people think the officer was conned.  The boots may be hidden — or sold, but I am sure other kind-hearted people will give Hillman more assistance without the flash of a camera.       
A frigid night in Time Square left a homeless man shivering in the
street with blistered bare feet on Nov. 14.  NYPD Officer Larry DePrimo,
25 went into a nearby Skechers store and bought him a new pair of
socks and all-weather boots.  Skechers gave him a discount.  The image
went viral — a random act of kindness from one fine young man.
Click here for NBC LA‘s story >>> http://4.nbcla.com/SwyUMv
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Heels and hemlines are high this Homecoming Dance Season for Seniors.  My daughter, who is 5 foot 9 inches towered to 6 foot when she walked out the door in her shoes.  I cringed when she paraded around in the mini-mini dress, but hey, all the girls were wearing them.  But the shoes — how do they walk in those gigantic heels?  Very carefully.

The American Podiatric Medical Association reports that if you must wear heels choose a chunky heel with no more than two inches for better support to avoid pain or injury.  Apparently, none of these young ladies followed that advice. California Podiatric Medical Association notes that women have four times more foot problems than men.  High heels are the main culprit.

Only one smart young man — surrounded in a line up of amazons — wore comfy shoes.  I guess he will dance the night away in his casual, flat, laced shoes.

Are you a victim of foot fashion?

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I never had a fear of escalators — until recently. I was riding down one at Union Station, DC with a group of people.  Suddenly, a girl fell at the bottom because her shoe was sucked under the tracks.  The fall caused a chain reaction of falls ending up in a big pile up.  I was the next potential victim!  

No one in the mangled mess could get up to hit the emergency stop button in front of the escalator.

I turned and sprinted up the descending escalator with a mob coming down at me.  Talk about a work out!  Thankfully, someone finally hit the emergency stop button.

A few minutes later the crowd emerged from the pile up with cuts, scrapes, and ripped clothes and shoes.  The girl had a mauled shoe and some cuts. One woman, on the bottom of the heap,  had her shirt caught in the track.  The skin on her back was shredded from the constant clawing blades.   

Good Housekeeping reports that shoes, such as Crocs, can cause this type of mishap if the soft plastic is pulled into the tracks.  Loose shoelaces and improper riding while goofing off can also cause injury.  

Small children must be accompanied with a responsible party while riding an escalator.  Be careful and watch you step, especially when entering and exiting.  

Watch out while wearing Crocs on an escalator:

Feet take a beating!  High heels and the pounding on the ground from running can cause feet to look bad and ache. One ailment, a hammer toe, caused me some discomfort a few years ago. It stalled my whole running program.

What is a hammer toe?

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, the hammer toe looks like an upside-down V from the side.  This toe pop up can rub on your footwear, causing discomfort.

Some causes:

1. If your parents have them; you can thank them.

2.  Wearing shoes that are too tight and squeeze the toes.  Watch out ballerinas!

3.  Arthritis and stiffness.

Some symptoms:

1.  Corns or thick skin on the part that pops up.

2.  Redness and swelling.

Home treatment:

1.  Pad around the part that pops up takes some pressure off the toe.

2.  Wear shoes that are loose-fitting with a deep toe box.

3.   Try wearing a shoe insert that can be purchased in a pharmacy foot section.

4.  Apply ice packs to the area several times a day.

These home treatments may help with the pain.  Go see a foot specialist — a podiatrist — if you want the hammer toe repaired.  These docs can prescribe medicines, custom shoe inserts, and perform surgery if absolutely necessary to help get you back into running.

Katie Holmes has been dancing on stage for years.  That could explain her hammer toes.

To solve my problem, I bought shoes that were loose-fitting in the toe box and added inserts.  So far, so good.

Did you ever suffer with a hammer toe?  What happened?

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