Should I wear high heels?

They can cause bunions, corns, knee strain and back ache – but hey don’t they make women feel wonderful. According to many high-fashions shoe websites a “low heel” is considered less than 2.5 inches 6.4cm, while heels between 2.5 and 3.5 inches are considered “mid heels”, and anything over that is considered a “high heel”. An estimated eight million – a third of the adult female population – regularly wear high heels. Five million suffer some pain. High-heeled shoes push the foot forward and down while bending the toes up. The more feet are forced into this position, the more the calf muscle will shorten. The higher the heel, the bigger the body’s incline, greatly increasing the weight concentrated on the ball of the foot. That means wearing a 3in heel concentrates double the body’s weight on this area. Problems...

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Do I have a corn or verruca?

  Our podiatrists regularly get asked “I think I have a verruca, how can I tell if I do and how would I have got it? This is a good question; I would conservatively estimate that only 20% of clients who attend Dublin City Foot Clinic complaining of having a verruca actually do have one. A verruca is a virus, the human papilloma virus (HPV) the same virus that causes warts on fingers. There are a few strains of the virus that cause different types of verruca. When you attend our clinic our podiatrists will give you a definite diagnosis of having a corn or a verruca or something else. Verrucae often present in ring shape, or mosaic of rings, on the sole of the foot and they sometimes have the little black dots. Our body is incredible, it is...

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