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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Summer is on the way, some useful foot care tips

So, the clocks have gone forward, the evenings are getting longer and we are all turning our attention to the prospect however remote of some welcome sun. We look forward with a large degree of scepticism that within a few weeks we can start to dust off those sandals and open toe shoes. For most of us it’s a time when our thoughts turn to our feet. Our podiatrists always see an increase in foot problems such as athlete’s foot, cracked heels and hard skin (often due to wearing inappropriate sandals). There are a number of very simple tips which can assist help as we prepare our feet for the much anticipated hot summer. If you are able to cut your own nails then always use a proper nail clippers and cut straight across, not too short, and not down...

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