in a Barbie costume, one little girl spent all of Halloween evening
running from house to house on her tiptoes! Her Daddy kept asking her
why she was doing that and cautioning her she was going to fall. The
answer was simple: "Barbie only walks on her tiptoes!" Thus, another
generation of women with foot problems is already in the making.
to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), Americans are
spending in excess of $2 billion a year to have foot surgery, and about
$3.5 billion if you include the costs of recovery and being off work.
genetics can provide a predisposition towards developing foot problems,
the real culprit is women's shoes. As the AAOS points out,
"Improperly-fitting shoes, which can cause bunions, corns, calluses,
hammertoes, and other disabling foot problems, are a huge public health
risk in the U.S....One in six persons or 43.1 million people in the
U.S. have foot problems. Thirty-six percent regard their foot problems
as serious enough to warrant medical attention."
the AAOS reports that women are nine times more likely to develop a
foot problem because of improper fitting shoes than a man. They are
willing to wear shoes which are painful, which are too small for their
feet, and which put their feet in positions not intended to support
their weight (ie: high heels).
|Prolonged wearing can lead to Bunions, Hammertoes, Morton's Neuroma, and Achilles tendon shortening and tendonitis.