Dishan Singh, consultant orthopedic surgeon at RNOH, explains: "Traditionally, we have used 2D X-rays to diagnose foot problems but this only gives us limited information." "The new scanner allows us to clearly see how the foot and ankle looks and functions in a weight-bearing position, and this will help us treat patients earlier to prevent long-term problems." The researchers say that women who regularly wear high heels suffer from foot and ankle problems because body weight is transferred to the ball of the foot, which adds pressure to sesamoids. These are the small "pea-sized" bones under the big toe. They add that wearing high heels regularly can also squash the toes, which forces the foot into an unnatural shape. This can cause severe pain and long-term damage, such as "clawing of the toes" - when the toes contract at the middle and end joints. Specialists at University College London in the UK found that 57% of their female patients experienced severe foot pain due to wearing uncomfortable shoes on a regular basis, according to the researchers.
A British study has confirmed that while wearers of sensibly stylish loafers will be gliding into their later years on beautiful lady feet, those of us partial to high heels will be clawing our way on permanently mangled bones and claw-shaped toes. Using state-of-the-art 3D scanning technology, researchers at North Londons Royal National Orthopedic Hospital have compiled hundreds of 2D scans of patients wearing high heels to create a single 3D image. What it reveals is sort of terrifying.Consultant orthopedic surgeon Andy Goldberg explains: When youre in heels your entire body weight is going through the two tiny little bones going under the big toe, which canclearly lead to problems. The scan also shows that wearing heels causes the toes to curl over, which doesnt cause problems short term, but after years of wearing heels could lead to fixed clawing and intense pain. Goldberg concludes, For many years our feet have had to fit into someone elses ideas of our shoes, rather than making shoes to fit our feet, and that paradigm really has to change. Further study results showed 57% of the hospitals female patients had admitted to experiencing severe foot pain as a result of regularly wearing uncomfortable shoes. 86% admitted that they found difficulty in finding shoes that could comfortably fit their feet. Hopefully we dont count as heavy users, but this is almost making us look upon the impending peacocking fest known as New York Fashion Week with the same fear Will Smiths family looked upon the star formerly known as Hannah Montana.
High Heels, High Danger?
While there is an established connection between high heels and foot pain, this is the first time the effect of shoes on feet can be seen in real time. With the help of the scanner, specialists at the hospital were able to see that wearing a high heeled shoe can force a foot into an unnatural shape, which can cause pain and long-term damage after frequent use of heels. A new scanner at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital will enable doctors to view the foot and ankle in 3-D. (Courtesy of RNOH) However, other experts may argue that the 3-D scanner is not an entirely adequate tool in diagnosing and treating foot pain. In order to show that a person has a problem with heels, you do a pressure distribution study, Dr. Bob Baravarian, chief of podiatry at Santa Monica/UCLA Medical Center, told ABC News.
3-D scan reveals what high heels do to your feet
The structure of the foot is just not meant to be crammed in the shoe that way, Dr. Braxton Little, a podiatrist at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, Calif., told ABC News . It just puts the body in a very unnatural position. PHOTOS: High Heels Gone Wild A first-of-its-kind study published last week in the The Journal of Applied Physiology found that wearing high heelscould lead to permanent damage of the calf muscles by increasing the mechanical strain on the muscles and shortening the muscles fibers, all thanks to the flexed, toes-pointed position of the feet that remains even afteryou kick off those stilettoes. The Australian study looked at nine women, who ranged in age from late teens to early 30s, and had worn high heels for at least 40 hours per week for the past two years. Researchers, as reported in the New York Times , used ultrasound probes, electrodes and motion-capture markers to monitor the women as they walked, barefoot and then in heels, along a 26-foot-long walkway. The findingssuggest that the women in high heels walked with shorter, more forceful strides and engaged their muscles as opposed to their tendons, leaving them vulnerable to injury and prone to muscle fatigue, the Times reported. We think that the large muscle strains that occur when walking in heels may ultimately increase the likelihood of strain injuries, Dr.
It didn't work for Carrie Bradshaw! Wearing high heels helps SAVE money as 'heightened sense of balance' causes shoppers to curb their spending
If you're someone who tends to overspend, or you're kind of an extreme person, then maybe you ought to consider shopping in high heels, said study author Jeffrey Larson, a BYU marketing professor. Larson and BYU co-author Professor Darron Billeter have discovered that almost anything that forces the mind to strappy high heels focus on balance affects shopping choices as well. For their study, appearing in the current issue of the Journal of Marketing Research, the Marriott School authors set up experiments where balance was introduced to the consumer experience. The gift that keeps on giving: 900 scanner that creates 3D printing designs is now on sale - just in time for Christmas Situations included leaning back on a chair while shopping online, playing a Wii Fit game while simultaneously answering questions about product choices and standing on one foot while considering which printer to purchase. Wearing flats?
3-D Scan Reveals Foot Damage by High Heels
Then the images are combined to create a 3-D image in just under a minute. The specialists say that while there is an established link between high heels and foot pain, this is the first time the effect of shoes on feet can be seen in real time. Using the scanner on women wearing their high heels, specialists could see that the shoe forced the foot into an unnatural position, which could lead to pain and long-term damage. Can't give up your Manolo Blahniks?