Who is interested in Feet these days?
What is there to say about our Feet?
What is the real job of our Feet?
Are we BIG into our Feet?
Are we good at ignoring our Feet?
Are our Feet a priority in our lives?
Do we know much about our Feet?
Do we want to look after our Feet?
Have we ever taken deep care of our feet?
Have we ever noticed what our feet look like?
Are we bothered about the anatomy of the foot?
Are we concerned about the physiology of feet?
Are we obsessed with our feet and footwear?
Are we only awake when it comes to footwear?
Are we really into wearing the best footwear?
Are our feet just a gross inconvenience?
Are things always going wrong with our feet?
Are we one to get foot injuries all the time?
Are we out of touch when it comes to our feet?
Do we have a dodgy foot?
Do we pay attention to our feet?
Do we get irritated with our feet?
Do we wonder why we have so much hard skin?
Do we think we have ugly toes?
Do we ignore our feet most of the year, except in summer?
Do we never display our feet so it’s a hidden thing?
Do we shy away from showing off our feet?
Do we squash our feet into shoes that are way too tight?
Do we have a habit of ignoring how our feet feel when we party?
Do we forget how delicate and tender our feet really are?
Do we live in our sports shoes as they are so comfy?
Do we have smelly shoes but we can’t seem to let them go?
Are we aware when we are digging our heels in when we walk?
Are we aware our footwear might take us off balance?
Do we have ideals and beliefs about our feet?
Do we value our feet and the work they do?
Do we take deep care of our precious feet?
Do we love everything about our feet?
Do we pay attention to our feet every single day?
Do we have any real connection with our feet?
Do we blame our feet when we trip over?
Are we aware how our ankle affects our footsteps?
Are we aware that our knee may affect our ankle?
Are we aware that our hips might affect our knee?
Are we aware that our body posture could affect our feet?
Are we aware that the way we move around can affect our feet?
Are we aware of the quality in which we move from A to B?
How aware are we when we do steps and stairs every day?
How are we placing our first foot on the first step or stair?
Where is our common sense when we go shopping for shoes?
Have we gone crazy when it comes to our footwear?
Have we seriously Lost the Plot when it comes to choosing sensible footwear?
Have we ever stopped long enough before buying the next pair of shoes?
WHY is it that we never like last season’s sandals for this summer?
WHY do most people think women are big into fancy footwear?
WHY do they now have footwear for kids which are like adults?
WHY do some of us have a need for so much footwear?
WHY are some of us addicted to buying shoes all the time?
Do we pay more attention to what we wear on our feet than the actual feet?
Do we have heaps of shoes, sandals and sports shoes for every single occasion?
Do we have a range of outdoor footwear?
Do we have special indoor footwear?
Do we know what it means to have the right footwear?
Do we have happy shoes for happy days?
Do we have footwear for every occasion we could think of?
Do we have stacks of closets full of footwear?
Do we suddenly find we have so many in our closet we forgot what we own?
Do we like to know we have plenty of shoes in our closet for a rainy day?
Do we have a footwear budget or is this one area that it does not apply?
Do we own two pairs and that’s our lot for this lifetime?
Do we wonder what all the fuss is about when it comes to footwear?
Do we envy those who have bling on their footwear?
Do we like to make a statement when we walk out with our new shoes?
Do we care what others think and say about our fancy shoes?
Do we suffer the foot pain just to look the part at the party?
Do we love the thought of all those foot aids to help us wear party shoes?
Do we keep walking when we know our feet are feeling so uncomfortable?
Do we realise that the bunion came from our bad choice of shoes?
Do we care enough about our feet to only wear sensible footwear?
Do we always swap flat stuff for heels as that makes us feel better?
Do we only live in high heels as we don’t like our height?
Do we wear killer heels even though we are tall because we like it?
Do we feel self-conscious in our kitten heels because our legs are way too heavy?
Do we ever compromise when it comes to buying those strappy sandals?
Do we queue outside the shop overnight for the best sports shoes ever made?
Do we fall for the next best shoe that the ads are telling us to buy?
Do we subscribe to fashion over the true health of our feet?
Do we live in stilettos even though we know they are mis-aligning our walk?
Do we tread carefully when we wear those backless things that have no support?
Do we find all footwear uncomfortable and go bare feet where possible?
Do we find footwear restricts our feet from breathing naturally?
Do we stick to keeping our shoes and socks on even indoors?
Do we wear the flatties indoors and outdoors with just the strap across?
Do we insist on never throwing out our old shoes?
Do we wear the same one pair year in, year out and not notice they are worn out?
Do we wear the flip flops because we need to get the sun on those feet?
Do we notice how the toes have to be when we wear those thongs?
Do we have maximum support from our choice of footwear?
Do we prefer a corn plaster than changing the funky footwear?
Do we save up just so we can buy those expensive outrageous shoes?
Do we find ourselves sharing our shoes with others or just giving them away?
Do we find ourselves obsessing over the perfect shoes to wear?
Do we insist on buying designer shoes as we want others to recognise us?
Are we known as a footwear fashionista and it’s where we put all our focus?
We want and we demand – so is it any surprise every high street and shopping mall is full of shoe shops?
Whatever we desire, the basic supply and demand thing applies.
Footwear of all – sizes, shapes, styles and designs available for any budget.
WHY is it that we insist on our children wearing sensible shoes that fit in all ways, but we do not apply the same common sense when it comes to our own footwear?
WHY does any form of common sense not apply to us when we go shopping for shoes for that special day?
WHY do we forget what agony our feet will be in after dancing in those fancy footwear all night?
WHY do we continue wearing shoes that have cut into our feet?
WHY do we wear those straps with band aids around our tiny toes?
WHY do we act so carelessly when it comes to our footwear choices?
WHY do we need to pack so many varieties of footwear for our holiday?
WHY do we bear the pain on our feet in the name of fashion?
WHY do we love it when others love what we wear on our feet?
WHY do we wait for someone to notice and say how great our shoes look?
WHY do we wear skinny heels when we are overweight and we know it?
WHY do we insist on platforms that are so high because it gives us something?
WHY do we compromise our tootsies in favour of the latest style of shoes?
WHY do we wear super pointy shoes that do not fit the shape of our toes?
WHY do some of us find fancy footwear even with the bunions sticking out?
WHY do some of us walk around with crusty hard skin feet every day?
WHY do some of us accept the state of our feet like we have given up?
Could it be possible that how we hold our body affects how we walk?
Could it be possible that how we walk and move around affects our feet?
Could it be possible that choosing sensible footwear helps us in many ways?
Could it be possible that having little regard for our actual feet harms us?
A podiatrist told me that ballet flats are as bad as high heels.
They totally lack support in the arch so you are hurting the bottom of your foot.
Elizabeth Holmes – WSJ Senior Style Reporter (2)
Could it be possible that our feet are communicating to us, if we stopped long enough to connect with them?
Could it be possible that our feet play a super important part in our lives?
Could it be possible that many of us pay little attention or give our feet any serious thought about what is best for them, to support us in daily life?
Could it be possible that basic foot care is not in our education so we never learn anything until we get an injury or pain of some kind down there?
Could it be possible that our feet are not naturally designed to walk in high heels?
Could it be possible that if our feet could talk they would communicate something we may not want to hear?
Could it be possible that frumpy footwear is how we see everything that is sensible for walking?
Could it be possible that we live in our running shoes as our life is constantly on the go at a super-fast pace?
Could it be possible that we have our running shoes on all the time, as we want to run from the life we have and don’t want?
Could it be possible that as we are evolving our footwear needs to change accordingly?
Could it be possible that our feet offer us the opportunity to balance our life and step forward with a quality that can truly support us?
Could it be possible that the way we choose to take the first step up or down the stairs gives us the quality for the next step?
Could it be possible that if we made effort to pay more attention to our feet when we walk, then there would be less chance of tripping or slipping?
Could it be possible that bashing our feet playing sports is not something our delicate foot bones can cope with?
Could it be possible that the whole foot area would benefit if we made a choice to focus on taking care of our feet?
Could it be possible that we could one day get to love our feet and cherish them like they were baby feet?
Could it be possible that neglecting our feet when we have Diabetes is seriously harmfull?
Foot problems in Diabetes are primarily due to a condition called Neuropathy.
Diabetic Neuropathy is a complication of Diabetes that affects the nerves. The most common type of Diabetic Neuropathy is called Peripheral Neuropathy and affects the Peripheral nerves. Peripheral nerves are the nerves that go out from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles, skin, internal organs and glands. Peripheral Neuropathy impairs proper functioning of these sensory and motor nerves. The most common symptoms of Neuropathy include numbness and loss of feeling, usually in the feet and hands.
Diabetic Neuropathy can cause insensitivity or a loss of ability to feel pain, heat and cold.
Diabetics suffering from Neuropathy can develop minor cuts, scrapes, blisters or pressure sores that they may not be aware of due to the insensitivity. If these minor injuries are left untreated, complications may result and lead to ulceration and possibly even amputation. Neuropathy can also cause deformities such as Bunions, Hammer Toes and Charcot Feet. (3)
It is important for Diabetics to take necessary precautions to prevent all foot-related injuries. Due to consequences of Neuropathy, daily observation of the feet is critical. Taking the necessary preventative foot care measures can reduce the risk of developing serious foot conditions.
Treatment and Prevention
The most successful way to prevent Diabetic Neuropathy from occurring is to control the Diabetes.
It is important to maintain blood sugars at normal levels, maintain normal blood pressure and have regular physical checks and tests for blood and urine. (3)
Cosmetic Foot Surgery
Dermal fillers are treatments which involve injecting a substance known as hyaluronic acid underneath the balls of the feet to provide relief from pain. (5)
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan, which is polysaccharide – a sugar!
According to Beauty by Geeks it is naturally occurring in the connective tissue throughout our bodies with 50% of it being found in our skin.
It is one of the major components of our extracellular matrix and it plays an important role in retaining moisture. One molecule alone can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water.
As we age our body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid slows down. (6)
Does it make sense WHY many beauty creams and serums are adding Hyaluronic acid?
Risk of Dermal Fillers
Experience in this type of procedure is very important as there are dangers in terms of using too much of the dermal filler product and making it feel uncomfortable to walk. This is the EXACT OPPOSITE of what the practitioner is trying to achieve for the client. In addition, the wrong kind of filler, namely one which is too firm or thick can have the same effect of making it uncomfortable to walk. (7)
Hello – here we have cosmetic surgery for our feet so we can totter around for longer in those heels that are body is saying ‘no thanks’ to.
Origin of foot doctor – an Americanism dating back to 1865. (8)
A specialist in care for the feet. (9)
Podiatrists are health care professionals who have been trained for feet and lower limbs to
Keep us mobile and active
Care for feet
Advise on footwear
Alleviate day to day foot problems including:
Thickened, fungal or ingrown toenails
Corns and calluses
Dry and cracked heel
Supply orthotics – tailor made insoles, padding and arch supports to relieve heel and arch pain.
This claims to re-align the foot, take pressure off vulnerable areas of the foot or make shoes more comfortable to wear. (10)
There is no difference between a podiatrist and a chiropodist.
A podiatrist is simply a more modern name. (10)
A specialist in the treatment of foot and ankle problems.
Podiatric surgeons are not medical doctors.
However, they have specialised over their entire graduate and post graduate training and education in studying the foot and ankle in detail, as well as the lower limb and all the associated medical knowledge necessary to safely and expertly diagnose and treat foot and ankle problems.
The training of a podiatric surgeon covers a minimum period of 10 years.
During this time they commence with a 3 year undergraduate programme then a BSc Hons degree in Podiatric Medicine followed by a minimum of one year in clinical practice then a 3 year Masters degree in the Theory of Podiatric Surgery. (11)
Causes inflammation and degeneration of the Achilles tendon, which is the large tendon located in the back of the leg that inserts into the heel.
The pain can be a shooting pain, burning pain, or even an extremely piercing pain.
Achilles Tendonitis is aggravated by activities that repeatedly stress the tendon, causing inflammation. It is a difficult injury to treat in athletes due to their high level of activity and reluctance to stop or slow down their training.
The most common cause is over-pronation which occurs in the walking process, when the arch collapses upon weight bearing, adding stress on the Achilles Tendon. (3)
A fungal infection that causes red, dry, flaking skin, sometimes accompanied by pain or itching.
Condition usually occurs between the toes or on the soles or sides of the feet.
It can spread to toenails, causing chronic fungal infections.
Touching and scratching the infections can lead to the fungus spreading to fingernails or other parts of the body including groin and underarms.
In acute stage, the infected foot exhibits blisters that itch or ‘weep’.
All foot conditions, including athlete’s foot are of special concern to people with Diabetes and compromised immune systems who are more susceptible to developing infections that can lead to serious medical problems.
Arch Pain/Arch Strain
Inflammation and/or burning sensation at the arch of the foot.
Most frequently the cause is a common condition called plantar fasciitis.
Disease characterised by the inflammation of the cartilage and lining of the body’s joints.
Inflammation causes redness, warmth, pain and swelling.
Arthritis is a major cause of foot pain because each foot has 33 joints that can become affected by the disease.
Arthritis can also lead to many different forefoot deformities, including hammer toes, mallet toes and bunions.
40 million Americans currently suffer with Arthritis
60 million will have Arthritis by 2020
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (3)
Surgical repair or replacement of a diseased joint.
Used to treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions that cause destruction of cartilage and bones, such as arthritis. (12)
Medical name Hallux Valgus is one of the most common forefoot problems.
A bunion is a prominent bump on the inside of the foot around the big toe joint.
Symptoms include inflammation, swelling, soreness on side surface of big toe.
The discomfort commonly causes person from walking naturally.
This bump is actually a bone protruding towards the inside of the foot.
With continued movement of the big toe towards the smaller toes, it is common to find the big toe resting under or over the second toe. This causes a common forefoot condition called overlapping toes.
Bunionette known as a Tailor’s Bunion forms on the outside of the foot towards the joint at little toe. A smaller bump is formed due to the little toe moving inwards towards the big toe.
Bunions are a common problem experienced mostly by women.
Tight, narrow footwear with a constrictive toe area can cause the foot to begin to take shape of the shoe, leading to the formation of a bunion.
Women who have bunions generally wear dress shoes that are too small for their feet.
Toes squeezed together in their shoes causing the first metatarsal bone to protrude on the side of the foot.
Continued use of footwear which restricts the toe area can lead to surgery. (3)
Foot Bunion Surgery includes soft tissue work at the large toe and various levels of bone work. (13)
Caused by an accumulation of dead skin cells that harden and thicken over an area of the foot.
This callus formation is the body’s defence mechanism to protect the foot against excessive pressure and friction.
Calluses develop because of excessive pressure at a specific area of the foot.
Common causes are –
Abnormalities in gait cycle (walking motion)
High arched feet
High heeled dress shoes
Loss of fat pad on bottom of foot
Shoes that are too small
A very common ailment that usually form on the tops, sides and tips of the toes. (3)
Corns are caused by friction and pressure from skin rubbing against bony areas when wearing shoes. If the first signs of soreness are ignored, corns rise up naturally as a way of protecting sensitive areas. (1)
Common causes of corn development are –
Foot sliding forward in loose shoes
High heeled footwear
Tight fitting footwear
Tight fitting socks
Tight fitting stockings (3)
Gout is a type of arthritis in which small crystals form inside and around the joints.
It causes sudden attacks of severe pain and swelling.
Gout is caused by a build-up of a substance called uric acid in the blood.
If too much uric acid is produced or the kidneys do not filter enough out, it can build up and cause tiny sharp crystals to form in and around joints. These crystals can cause the joint to become inflamed and painful.
Any joint can be affected by gout but it usually affects joints towards the ends of the limbs, such as toes, ankles, knees and fingers.
The following can increase the chances of getting Gout –
A toe that is contracted at the PIP joint (middle joint in the toe), potentially leading to severe pressure and pain. Ligaments and tendons that have tightened cause the toe’s joints to curl downwards. Hammer toes occur in any toe except the big toe.
Also known as cracked heels, can be a simple cosmetic problem but also lead to serious medical problems. Heel fissures occur when the skin on the bottom, outer edge of the heel becomes hard, dry and flaky, sometimes causing deep fissure that can be painful or bleed.
Causes are –
Consistently walking barefoot
Inactive sweat glands
Living in a dry climate
Wearing open back shoes
A common condition in which weight bearing on the heel causes extreme discomfort.
Over-use repetitive stress can be caused by shoes with heels that are too low, a thinned out fat pad in the heel area or from a sudden increase in activity. (3)
Develop as an abnormal growth in the heel bone. This is the largest bone in the foot and absorbs the most amount of shock and pressure.
Calcium deposits form when the plantar fascia pulls away for the heel area, causing bony protrusion or heel spur to develop. The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue located along the bottom surface of the foot that runs from the heel to the forefoot.
Heel spurs can cause extreme pain in the rear foot, especially while standing or walking.
Women have a significantly higher incidence of heel spurs due to the types of footwear often worn on a regular basis.
Known as onychocryptosis, a common, painful condition that occur when skin on one or both sides of a nail grows over the edges of the nail, or when the nail itself grows into the skin. The most common cause is cutting toenails incorrectly, causing them to re-grow into the skin. When the nail penetrates the skin, it provides entry for germs that can cause infection. Untreated, the nail can go under the skin causing a more severe infection.
Occurs when joint at end of the toe cannot straighten.
General term used to denote a painful foot condition in the metatarsal region commonly referred to as the ball of the foot. This common foot disorder can affect the bones and joints in this area.
Ball of the foot pain is often caused from improper fitting footwear, most frequently by women’s dress shoes and other restrictive footwear. Footwear with a narrow toe area forces the ball of the foot to be forced into a minimal amount of space.
Other factors that can cause excessive pressure in the ball of the foot area include shoes with heels that are too high or participating in high impact activities without proper footwear and/or orthotics. (3)
MIFS – Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery
An alternative to open surgery using advanced technology to treat foot and ankle pain caused by variety of conditions.
Special surgical instruments, devices and advanced imaging techniques used to visualise and perform surgery through small incisions.
Aim of MIFS is to minimise damage to the muscles and surrounding structures enabling faster recovery and less pain. (15)
A common foot problem associated with pain, swelling and/or inflammation of a nerve, usually at the ball of the foot between the third and fourth toes. Symptoms include sharp pain, burning and lack of feeling in the affected area. It can also cause numbness, tingling or cramping in the forefoot.
Symptoms often occur during or after placing significant pressure on the forefoot area, while walking, standing, jumping or sprinting. Footwear with pointed toes and/or high heels can often lead to neuroma. Constricting shoes can pinch the nerve between the toes causing discomfort and extreme pain.
Known as flat feet – a common biomechanical problem that occurs in the walking process when a person’s arch collapses upon weight bearing. This motion can cause extreme stress or inflammation on the plantar fascia, potentially causing severe discomfort and leading to other foot problems.
Prominent in people who have flexible flat feet. The framework of the foot begins to collapse causing the foot to flatten and adding stress to other parts of the foot. As a result, over pronation often leads to Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs, Metatarsalgia, Post-Tib Tendonitis and/or Bunions.
Obesity, Pregnancy or repetitive pounding on a hard surface can weaken the arch leading to over-pronation.
Condition in which the plantar fascia – the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from heel to toes becomes inflamed. (3)
Heel pain is a common result of plantar fasciitis, as irritation turns into inflammation or swelling. (16)
This is a strain placed on the posterior tibial tendon and the tendon cannot function to hold up the arch, resulting in flat feet.
It occurs when the muscle is overused and the tendon (soft tissue) that connects the muscle to the bone is strained.
Most common foot problems experienced by pregnant women are over-pronation and edema, referred to swelling of the foot. These problems can lead to pain at the heel, arch or the ball of the foot.
A common ailment that affects the forefoot typically in young people who engage in physical activity like running or dancing. Its most common symptom is pain the ball of the foot, especially on the medial or inner side. The term is a general description for any irritation of the sesamoid bones, which are the tiny bones within the tendons that run to the big toe. (3)
The colour, shape and texture of a toenail can also point to numerous health problems such as –
Spoon-shaped toenails – iron deficiency
White nails – psoriasis, diabetes, liver or heart problems
Pitted nails – nail growth problem or psoriasis
Clubbed toes – wide range including lung and digestive disorders (17)
Known as Onychomycosis, this fungus infection occurs when microscopic fungi gain entry through a small trauma in the nail, then grow and spread in the warm, moist environment inside our shoes and socks. (3)
Laser treatment for toenail fungus is often effective. (18)
Surgical toenail removal known as avulsion of the nail plate is a common method of treatment for a variety of conditions, including onychogryphosis (ram’s horn nails”) and an ingrown toenail.
Removal can be partial and in some cases doctors may recommend permanent toenail removal. (19)
Also known as a plantar wart, a verruca is a wart on the sole of the foot. (20)
Skin growths caused by viruses that can be painful and if untreated, may spread.
Over the counter preparations rarely cure warts. A doctor can apply medicines, burn or freeze the wart off or remove the wart surgically. (17)
See photos on this link of warts and verrucas.
Usually recommended by podiatrist to relieve pain, correct a foot deformity or restore function in foot and/or ankle.
Generally a last resort and final option for treatment of a foot problem, condition or injury.
Foot Surgery can take place in hospital or the podiatrists clinic. (21)
A procedure where a surgeon removes the entire foot, a toe or multiple toes or part of the foot.
In all cases of foot amputation, the current state of the foot is threatening the patient’s health.
Peripheral Vascular Disease due to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is the most common reason for limb amputation.
Other reasons for foot amputation include –
Poor blood flow
Trauma caused by an accident
Wound or infection that does not heal (4)
Anatomy of the Foot
There are seven bones in the foot which are collectively called the tarsals.
Each tarsal is an irregular bone that slides minutely over the next bone to collectively provide motion.
The individual tarsals are as follows –
The talus bone is the main tarsal. It articulates with the tibia and fibula to form the ankle joint.
The talus is significant in that it bears the weight of the entire body when standing or walking.
Also known as the heel bone, it is the largest and most posterior tarsal bone.
The calcaneum is an important site for attachment of muscles of the calf.
The cuboid is situated between the fourth and fifth metatarsals and the calcaneum on the lateral (outer) border of the foot.
There are three cuneiform bones, which are located between the navicular bone and the first three metatarsal bones.
The navicular bone is situated between the talus bone and the three cuneiforms.
There are five metatarsals forming the dorsal surface of the foot.
14 phalanges form the toes, 2 of which are in the hallux or big toe and 3 each to the other toes.
The bones of the feet form arches which are designed to support body weight and provide leverage when walking.
The arches of the foot are maintained by ligaments and muscles. They give the foot resilience in bearing the body’s weight when running or walking. (22)
45% people pick out the wrong size shoe (2)
75% Americans will experience foot health problems in their life (1)
60% all foot and ankle injuries were sprains and strains of the ankle reported by U.S. population older than 17 (1)
Foot ailments can be the first sign of more serious medical problems. (1)
What can we do to take real care of our feet every day?
Here are some basic tips taken from the Simple Living Global Back to Basics Program © –
Let’s start with socks
Super important to wear socks that actually fit.
Allow space for toes to move and breathe freely.
If socks are tight around the ankle area or calf, take note.
Wear a wider leg bit or roll them over so the sock rests on the slimmer bottom part of the leg. That way there are no marks on the skin and it will be more comfortable.
Sit down when putting socks on.
Raise leg and place across the other thigh.
Lean forward and use both hands to open up the sock.
Use fingertips to stretch the inner part and gently place over toes.
Make sure the heel bit fits the heel and the seam is not pulled beyond that.
Give the sock a pull at the toe area so there is no constriction.
Finally, cup the palm of the hand and place gently on the heel and then the sole of the foot and on top – like a “hello mate, I am with you”.
At the end of the day, remove the socks and rest the hand over the ball of the foot and heel in Appreciation for looking after you all day.
Next – shoes
Invest in decent walking shoes as this is super important.
There should be no compromise when it comes to footwear.
This is not about buying expensive stuff, it is about being sensible.
Treat your feet with the respect they deserve.
When purchasing footwear, take note of the following tips –
Make shoe buying important
Listen to what the feet are telling us
Check where the big toe is and how much space is there
Feel the width of the shoe
Does the little toe feel squashed?
Does any toe feel uncomfortable in any way?
Have a walk around in the shop
Ask – do they feel supportive?
Does the back of the heel rub the shoe?
Is this purchase a sensible choice?
Does one shoe feel more restricted than other?
Wear correct socks – so if buying work shoes, wear work socks.
Never buy shoes in hot weather as feet are usually swollen.
Note that leather upper shoes may stretch with wear.
Note slip on shoes with no back support or strap means no support.
Always go for sensible shoes before high fashion.
Worth shopping around to get the right fit.
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Can we join the dots here and be honest that something is seriously wrong when it comes to our precious feet and footwear?
Are we making sensible choices?
Are we bothered about what footwear we go around in?
Have we got our priorities wrong or upside down?
Are we taking the next step in life on the ‘front foot’ as the saying goes?
Are we back stepping or back peddling in life as the saying goes?
Would it be true to say we do not value and respect our feet?
Would it be true to say we do not regard our feet as being important?
Would it be true to say we do not understand how delicate our feet are?
Would it be true to say that most of us put fancy footwear before self-care?
Would it be true to say we are tempted by the latest fashion for our feet?
Would it be true to say our choices of footwear are in deep neglect to our feet?
Could it be possible that we are not being consciously present when it comes to our feet and this is the start of all the suffering that follows?
Could it be that Simple?
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