Friday, February 22, 2008
Medical Reports: Feet
Got a stiff neck, aching back or sore knees? Well, your feet and what you put on them, may be to blame. In today's Healthcast, Seven's Christine Cruz shows us how, for some, relief may be just a shoebox away.
WSVN -- From high heels to flip flops, women just have a thing for shoes, but fashion and function don't always mesh.
This hi-tech runway has special plates in the floor that measure pressure points in the foot. This way, podiatrists can get to the bottom of a patient's pain.
Podiatrist: "You'll see high pressure around the second metatarsal head and the big toe."
One common problem, heel pain often blamed on walking in completely flat shoes.
Rita Schlessinger: "Every shoe I buy has a little heel. I don't wear anything flat."
For some patients, a new style may be just what the doctor ordered.
Kathya Zinszer: "Every person is an individual and every footprint and foot type is like your own basic fingerprint, so every shoe type is going to be different for different patients."
Also, with this new tool doctors may be able to tell you exactly what kind of shoes you should be wearing.
Kathya Zinszer: "A lot of patients who come in to see us come in and are having a lot of lower back pain or knee pain, and it really starts from the foot."
Doctors say any heel over two inches changes the body's center of gravity, and, over time, some patients will begin to feel the effects, but that doesn't mean high heels have to take a hike. Switch styles from time to time, and you've got a better chance of staying pain and injury-free.
Christine Cruz: "Researchers say that with new tools now available to some podiatrists, doctors may be able to recommend the shoes suited for patients before their feet feel the pain."
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