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|Posted on June 3, 2019 at 11:04 AM||comments (944)|
Action Against Ladies High-Heeled Footwear or stilettos, known as a health and safety hazard to women, have caught on in Japan, as a women's movement grows against workplaces strictly requiring women to wear high heels as part of office or work uniforms. A lady worker in Britain, previously exposed the unhealthy and discriminatory practice which is akin to 'binding' women's feet.
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|Posted on July 16, 2014 at 5:02 PM||comments (904)|
A pair of woollen slippers, or what some people call ‘woollies’, has traditionally been the choice by both young and old, particularly senior citizens who love its reassuring warmth even though they are already wearing warming, perhaps woollen socks, too, in their homes throughout all seasons of the year.
A disadvantage of woollen slippers vis-a-vis its rubber counterparts is that it can attract dust mites inside as well as be an ideal place for fungus to thrive and infect the wearer’s feet, in particular, the toenails. It is not only a warm environment, but also a damp, sweaty area especially if it is not cleaned, disinfected and dried regularly and thoroughly, as well as with one’s feet. And its filthy state can also be worsened by wearing dirty socks which are not replaced or washed regularly, thus transforming such slippers into a itchy, mucky, smelly footwear fit for the ‘kings' (pathogens) of infection to colonise!
In comparison, quality rubber slippers or flip-flops and sandals such as the ones popularly used by theatre or operating room staff in hospitals (known as ‘crocs’) are much more comfortable, provide good arch support; and more importantly helps ventilate or air the feet, especially the skin round these, thus reducing the risk of fungal or pathogen infections. It can also be argued that the rubber footwear are much easier to wash and disinfect , vis-a-vis its woollen counterpart; and it dries relatively quickly especially during cold, damp weather.
Ergonomic rubber footwear are also ideal if one is active or standing for long periods of time because of its comfort enhancing, cushioning and arch-support properties. Likewise, for people with continence issues, dealing with the ’spillover effects’ or mess caused by the medical condition on this type of footwear will be much easier and quicker to deal with.
One may argue that rubber flip-flops or sandals may not be as warm as woollen slippers. But a good pair of socks that provide warmth, especially in winter, will be enough provided they are changed, washed and dried daily; and feet, from time to time, are allowed to ‘breathe’, too.
Another advantage of quality flip-flops or footwear, like the ‘crocs’, is that it has rubber uppers (with small holes round it) which provides, not only ventilation, but cushioning protection to the digits or toes (including the halluces) from accidental harm or trauma especially if one hits these, say on the leg of the bed, thus preventing cracked nails or accompanying pain from impact.
Ergo, now is the time to consider investing in good quality rubber flip-flops or sandals if one values convenience, comfort, protection (from bed or furniture leg ‘hits’) and reduced risk from fungal infections; and saying bye-bye to woolly ones. Perhaps, buying these as a present, not only for oneself, but for loved ones for use at home may help promote better foot health and will thus be money well spent. Likewise, it is also strongly advised that teaching loved ones proper foot hygiene will further reduce the risk of foot infections and anti-social consequences of infected, dirty and smelly feet. — jareyes
|Posted on June 4, 2014 at 7:38 AM||comments (691)|
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|Posted on June 29, 2013 at 5:27 PM||comments (1049)|
Fungal nail infections can hit people of all ages. Yet, despite its appearance, people often fail to notice it or just completely ignore the problem, mistakenly thinking that it will just go away; and then realising too late that it has spread or done a lot of toenail damage and discomfort.
These fungal toenail infection is known as Onychomycosis. Other names are also used, i.e. nail ringworm and 'tinea unguium'. It is said to be the most common disease of the nails.
Dermatophytes, Candida, and non-dermatophytic molds cause these infections. These pathogens love to colonise nails that are enclosed in dark, damp, filthy, sweaty, smelly environments.
Thickened, discoloured and smelly nails are the most common indication of a fungal nail infection. In certain cases, if one looks at the edge of the affected toenail (top view), especially on the big toes, it resembles cut 'rice crispies'. The infection progresses from the distal end of the nail to its upper or proximal end. As the toenail becomes brittle, it breaks off or crumbles completely with the slightest touch or pressure. There may be white, yellow or yellow brown patches on the nail bed or scaly skin next to the nail. The nails can become very thick, and underneath these can be found debris build up. Onychomycosis can cause psychosocial problems, as unsightly smelly nails can put people off and likewise make those infected by the fungi lose their self-esteem.
Ageing, diabetes, and people with a compromised immune system (for example cancer patients and diabetics), those with poor hygiene habits or have a family history of the disease are at greater risk.
To prevent getting the infection or avoid a recurrence, the following are recommended to stop fungi from devouring the nails:
Best to spot the infection early to prevent further damage to the toenails and other undesired effects. The infection can be treated, so do not worry. AAA Foot Health's mobile service can help intervene and get rid of the nasty infections.--jareyes
|Posted on May 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM||comments (2060)|
Here are some indicators to help one spot possible foot infection:
If one notices either one or a combination of the previously mentioned indicators, please contact AAA Foot Care for an appointment to help you with your concerns.
|Posted on April 23, 2013 at 6:16 AM||comments (2711)|
Ignore your feet at your own peril… but prudence requires that people consult a foot health professional for their foot health needs or concerns.
People that tend to hide their feet, are either scared, too embarrassed to have it promptly checked or cannot be bothered at all-- even though problems are starting to arise or there are already problems causing unnecessary pain or grief; or about to lead to that unwanted direction. A stiff upper lip is often maintained. They either camouflage it with posh, high heeled or very hard, very tight-fitting footwear so others can ogle at the elegant, curvaceous or ‘brand' spanking shoes, but not the feet that’s in it. Perhaps, it may also have been that primal fear, of being rejected if people do not live up to the expectations of the corporate, if not cat walk or glitterati world, where mere appearances and posturings count most more than substance, which can be very deceiving and contrary to one’s overall health and well-being now and in later life.
For instance, people fail to notice that debris build up (like dirt and loose, soiled or sweat-soaked sock or ladies' stocking fibres; or dead, cracked, callused skin are already collecting, sticking and thickening up underneath the toenail edges, especially on the halluxes (big toes). Left in these state, fungi or microbes which love dark, filthy, smelly, sweaty, damp places eventually colonise these hard to reach areas, thus causing discomfort, foul odour and eventually lots of pain and grief, which will eventually cost dearly. Smelly feet also attract lots of mosquito bites, some scientific studies found (Click online link for instance: why-mosquitoes-seem-bite-some-people-more)
Poor nail maintenance, too, can cause painful ingrown toenails, which increases the risk of wounds and consequent infection. Ingrown toenails put pressure on the skin in the sulcus or affected area.
For people whose work involve either standing or walking for long hours daily, working outdoors in all sorts of weather conditions (especially extreme heat, rain, sleet and snow), carrying heavy loads (including carrying an unborn child), doing lots of walking, running or other intense sports/leisure activities like dancing (e.g. ballet), wearing wrong shoes like fashionable high heels ('long tall sallys’), or those with very stiff soles (inside and out), for example, they fail to notice the damage that these activities or shoes do to their feet. Bad shoes that misalign the body or cause bad posture, for example, can cause multiple problems--from foot, knee and back pain to self-inflicted flat feet that eventually leads to bunions and bent or crossed over toes (i.e. halux valgus).
Hence, it is important to have feet regularly checked and maintained (i.e. toenails professionally cleaned, trimmed and smoothened; corns taken out, calluses cleared or reduced and smoothened, and feet massaged). It is highly recommended that this maintenance is done every six to eight weeks. This way, trouble signs can be spotted early and necessary remedial action (or intervention) and professional advice can be given straightaway. More importantly, it ensures that one’s feet is in good shape to ensure maximum comfort and help reinforce good anatomical balance or body posture.
AAA Foot Care Clinic’s service is affordable, and is only a fraction of the massive bills one will have if feet are left neglected, unattended or not regularly seen to. Furthermore, it is much healthier and perhaps, cheaper than a cosmetic pedicure which can mask and worsen ongoing fungal or bacterial problems and not lead to better foot health. Best that pedicure be done after regular foot health checks and maintenance if people so desire.
Prevention is better than cure, and it is more prudent than waiting for the heavy costs and painful experiences of late intervention (such as medical operations) to crash on one’s feet like a millstone (ouch!)...
Besides, having well-maintained, healthy feet improves your quality of life, makes you feel and walk nimbler and sweeter; and be much, much happier.
So BE NOT AFEAR, GO FOR IT! -- jr
|Posted on April 21, 2013 at 6:15 AM||comments (816)|
Foot examination requires that toenails are free from pedicure or cosmetic treatment-- especially toenail paint or polish.
Toe nails are an important part of foot examination. In its pedicure-free state, toenails provide an indication of its overall health (and blood circulation in the feet). Discoloured toenails, for instance, can indicate either trauma, poor circulation, fungal or bacterial infection (especially for the latter two when accompanied by foul odour and flaky or crumbly texture). Painted toenails or pedicure hides all these. And in cases of infection, can worsen the condition because it helps encourage the growth of unwanted pathogens. Fungi and microbes thrive in dark, dirty, warm, moist or sweaty environments.
So REMEMBER: When having your feet examined by us, PLEASE MAKE CERTAIN YOUR TOE NAILS ARE UNPAINTED or UNPOLISHED!
Hope you enjoyed reading and learning from the blogs so far. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to share some foot health issues or share some thoughts, ideas or suggestions about foot health; or enquiries about our service.
Thank you.-- jr
|Posted on April 11, 2013 at 6:15 AM||comments (1505)|
High Heels can make ladies seemingly look long, tall and sexy. Posh workplaces, corporate bosses, the fashion glitterati and advertising world may also encourage or demand that they be worn because it supposedly (albeit mistakenly) makes women look ’smart’ and ‘elegant’. It may make womens' bodies look uprightly curvaceous, but at a great cost to their comfort, health, safety and wellbeing.
Like the traditional Chinese way of binding women’s feet (so these remained very tiny especially in later life; and likewise ‘manacled' women to their feudal male masters), highly elevated shoes do great, progressive damage to women’s feet and upper skeletal parts. It restricts their mobility and reinforces bad posture when standing or moving. Furthermore, it is the most uncomfortable footwear (that causes bone, joint and muscular pain, damage or injury) and is terribly unsafe.
First, it places feet in a very unnatural, highly-stressed position, hence sliding (friction) or concentrating the entire body weight and pressure especially on the forefoot. It causes corns and thick calluses on the affected areas.
High Heels also splay the metatarsals (which reinforce, contribute to functional or self-inflicted) flat feet, the formation of or worsening bunions, bent or crossed over digits or toes especially the big toe and the adjacent smaller toe— or what is known as Hallux Valgus.
Second, it misaligns the upper body bones-- the area below and above the knees (tibia, fibula and femur) , hip bone and the spine (especially the portion on the lower back) thus causing progressive rear foot and upper body bone or joint damage, too. This results in rear foot, knee, hip and back pain and perhaps inflammation (particularly in the joints where interconnected, misaligned bones (and cartilage) progressively wear out (due to undesired friction) as a result.
Third, these hard-insoled, tight fitting shoes can also cause disfigured or ‘clawed’, ‘hammer’ toes. It also deforms toenails. When mobilising or walking swiftly the high, elevated heels will cause the feet to slide downwards along with the body weight it supports, putting too much pressure on the forefoot and the toes, hence, increasing the risk of deforming the big toes and smaller toe bones (eventually resulting in clawed toes or what some people call ‘chicken feet'). Friction and pressure, too, also increases the risk of painful and uncomfortable blisters, thick calluses and corns especially along the soles of the feet and round the toes especially the halluces (big toes) and fifth or smallest toes or digits and along the first and fifth metatarsal areas. In some cases, trauma on the soles of the feet can also appear like the feet's version of ‘black eyes’.
Finally, high heels can also cause ankle sprain, ligament injury, bone dislocation or fracture. These are hard, unstable foot wear and are prone to twisting the ankles, especially in uneven surfaces and stairs. They can easily get stuck and, embarrassingly, the stilettos can slide into and break on iron grids or vent covers lying on pedestrian pavements; and also on escalators, lift or elevator gaps.
There are anatomically supportive, well designed, high quality, comfortable footwear around that can help with every lady’s needs. Besides, genuine beauty really comes from a woman’s strength of character, independence and intelligence — not from some dangerously high, pointed shoes that are phallic symbols of vanity and subliminal subservience to vulgar, sexist values.
Remember, Health and Safety First!
Dump those high heels... get rid of the ‘long,tall sallys’ ! —jr
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