Thursday 3 June 2010

Need An Extra 12 Inches? Women Try These Shoes...Or Not!

A Romanian man, known as the "shoe architect" has created a
line of stilettos that will increase a women's height by
twelve inches!  Mihai Albu claims his shoes are distinctly
appealing to most women since many do not have long legs.
The shoes are miraculous sculptress of beauty.  With
feathers and jewels, skull heads and curves, he has created
masterpieces for fashion.  Not only are these shoe eye
catching, they are also wallet drying!  A pair of Mihai
Albu's shoes cost over $1,500.  That is a lot of money, for
something I would never put on my feet!

Yes, these shoes are beautiful and truly a piece of art, but
probably the most ridiculous thing you could put on your
feet.  We would all like to be a little taller, but at what
expense?  Not only will these shoes hurt the pocketbook,
they will also hurt the foot and ankle and all other body
parts that hit floor after an easy accident in these
towering skyscraper shoes.

Have you ever sprained your ankle?  The first reason to not
wear these shoes is an ankle sprain.  After an ankle sprain
or other similar injuries, your ligaments get damaged and
weakened.  Your ankle is inevitably less stable and you are
prone to more injuries in the future.   Not really a good
idea to jump into intensely tall shoes that gives you zero
protection to the ankle and makes you quite unstable.  I
would give you two hours in these shoes before you injured
yourself, and I am being generous!

Do the balls of your feet ever hurt?  Your foot is not
designed to walk only on the balls of your feet and your
toes.  This week, I removed a fractured bone from women in
her 20s.  She injured her sesamoid bone, a small bone near
your big toe. The injury occurred while dancing in high
heels all night at a wedding.  She unfortunately could not
heal the bone and it had to be removed.  Stress fractures
are also common.  To heal these types of fractures, surgery
is usually not necessary.  The area will need to be immobile
in a surgical boot or cast.  A severely unattractive and
cumbersome device that has to be worn in replace of your
cute high heels.

High heels are attractive and fashionable.  I understand why
women love to buy them and wear them.  Many of them are truly
pieces of art, but some should just be art.  Not all shoe
skyscrapers should be worn.  Many should be admired from the
store window or from the box. As soon as they hit the feet,
they are disastrous.  Be sensible.

About the Author:

Dr. Peter Wishnie is a  NJ podiatrist who specializes in foot
and ankle surgery. His office is in
Piscataway/Hillsborough,NJ. His goals are to educate the
public on the care of their feet and ankles and to get them
functioning as quickly as possible. For more foot health
tips on foot pain, get a Free copy of their book, "Stop Foot
Pain Fast," by visiting their website:

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