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How to Keep Your Feet Happy : NPR

It’s been quite a while since I last blogged. Work and spring hit me hard. I’ll try to be better in the upcoming weeks.

While listening to my usual NPR podcast, this broadcast really hit home. Or rather, my feet. I have Plantar Fasciitis.

“. . . when your heel doesn’t stay attached to your shoe, there’s too much extra motion in the foot.

“Wearing an open-backed shoe, when the heel lifts off the ground, there’s a lot of tension that develops in the plantar fascia, and it increases the angle that the whole foot makes with the ground, and toes bend up further and that just stretches the plantar fascia more.”

I usually wear very sensible shoes (walking or cross-trainers) but I’ve been trying to girly-up my wardrobe this winter and added some slides with 2″ heels. I loved the extra height and not having to hem certain pants. Then came the heel pain in the morning. It was mild in the beginning and got worse as time went on. I tried adding heel cushions to my shoes which were OK but didn’t really solve the problem. I did a little research on heel pain and discovered plantar fasciitis and recognized the symptoms immediately. I’ve been doing exercises regularly and have had some real relief but it’s never gone completely.

This podcast explained alot about the footwear choices that can make a huge difference. My new slides and the springtime flip flops were part of the problem. I really hate dropping the new kicks and I don’t want to wear grandma shoes forever so a happy median must exist somewhere. The exercises from this report are much better than the ones from other sources on the net.

I really should take up foot yoga.

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Soft Soles Fall Fashion Victim to Escalators – washingtonpost.com

I will start out by saying that I hate flip flops and crocs at the office. It’s simply unprofessional, inappropriate, and sometimes unsafe. When did it become OK to wear beachwear at work? I consider the flip flop something to wear in the dorm shower to prevent athletes foot. Get a nice pair of sandals and the cute outfit will look much better than when it’s paired with the flip flops from Target.

I don’t wear fabulous shoes to work – athletic shoes, slides and the occasional loafer. However, my job requires me to climb ladders, scramble under tables, and generally be on my feet for long periods of time if required.

I would never wear a non-supportive shoe on a regular basis. I want to be able to walk when I’m 60. No matter how stylish the flip flop, it has no arch support and even less protection.

When I saw this article in the Post last week, it really struck a chord. These shoes are not safe on Metro, especially on children who are not attentive to their feet when riding the Metro.

“We’ve had an alarming increase of incidents of those types of shoes
being stuck in the escalator,” said Dave Lacosse, who oversees Metro’s
588 escalators and 244 elevators and said the problems started last
summer. “We were going from weeks with [no incidents], to one now and
then, and now, especially in the summer, as high as three and four a
week is common.”

Although Metro riders have escaped with minor injuries, there have
been numerous reports of Croc- and flip-flop-related injuries elsewhere.

On April 26, a 3-year-old girl wearing Crocs got her shoe caught in an escalator at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
and had to have two toes partially amputated, according to airport
spokesman Herschel Grangent. On June 8, a 3-year-old boy wearing
plastic sandals was cut severely on his right foot after his shoe
became trapped in another airport escalator, Grangent said.

In November, a 2-year-old’s right big toe was ripped off in a Singapore mall after her rubber clog — a Crocs imitation — got stuck in an escalator, according to news reports.

It’s bad enough that the escalators break down due to basic wear but to chew up a shoe (and possibly mangle a foot) is unnecessary. I know it’s summer but what’s wrong with making your kids wear a good sneaker?

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