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August 14, 2006 | Regina Nuzzo, Special to The Times
WHEN fungus invaded her toenails 10 years ago, Ruth Carsch of San Francisco didn't care too much at first. Her nails became "thick and fat and yellow," says the 61-year-old information specialist, but she could always hide that behind colorful nail polish. What she really minded, she says, was how the nail plates grew so thick from the infection that they squashed the toes beneath. "My toes are much fatter than they used to be. My feet are wider," Carsch says. "It seems to have deformed my toes."
As a young dance student, Christie Lantz wasn't sure if she wanted to be a prima ballerina, or even if she really liked ballet. But there was one thing she was most certain of--she hated toe shoes. So when the teen-ager saw eccentric aerobics instructor Zahava teach her class barefoot , those painful ballet shoes took to the closet, and her bare feet took to the gym floor.
August 12, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Though bare feet are not likely to show up in offices or schools any time soon, going shoeless is healthier for the feet, according to an article published in a medical journal. "Studies of non-shoe-wearing populations in Africa and Asia conclude that people who do not wear shoes have healthier feet, fewer deformities and have greater mobility than people in shoe-wearing societies," said Lynn Staheli, an orthopedist at Children's Hospital in Seattle.
February 3, 1992 | PAMELA WARRICK
If the shoe fits . . . well, some women just won't wear it. In a recent survey by the USC School of Medicine and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, 88% of women were wearing shoes smaller than their feet. Eighty percent said their feet hurt. Is there a connection? You bet your booties, researchers say. Or, as Dr. Carol Frey of USC put it, "Most cases of bunions, hammertoes, corns and calluses in women are directly related to the shoes they wear. . . .
September 3, 1991 | ANNE C. ROARK
When a child needs new shoes, it is important for parents to watch carefully how the sales clerk goes about fitting them. The American Podiatric Medical Assn. offers some suggestions on finding a proper fit: * A child's feet should be measured when the child is standing up, preferably in the afternoon because natural swelling occurs at midday. * Because there are sometimes significant variations in size between the right and left foot, both feet should be measured.
November 18, 1997 | From Associated Press
Martial arts movies to the contrary, hands and feet are not deadly weapons that automatically increase the punishment for assault, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. The crime of assault with a deadly weapon requires use of "an object extrinsic to the body," the court said in a unanimous decision.
Shoe shopping for children surely ranks among life's most trying experiences. First comes the assault on family harmony: Try persuading an older child that she doesn't need a new pair of shoes when her younger sibling does. Then comes the assault on grown-up sensibilities: Styles that most attract the young set are invariably the ones that most revolt parents. Froufrou bows. Sequined shoelaces. Space-Age spring soles. A rainbow of clashing colors. But never the right one in the right size.
June 14, 1994 | S.W. BALKIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Dr. S.W. Balkin is a faculty member, department of orthopedics, podiatry section, at County-USC Medical Center
After 1,000 years, this century saw an end to the custom of binding infant girls' feet. So why is it that countless women engage in another form of torture--wearing high heels? Consider the numbers: * Because they wear high heels, women outnumber men in chronic foot disorders. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, women have twice the number of ingrown toenails, three times as many corns and calluses, and nine times more bunions.
June 21, 1999 | BARBARA J. CHUCK
You've got a pain right there, in your second toe. You could have a mallet toe, hammer toe or a claw toe. Let's explain. Each of your four smaller toes has three bones. The toes normally lie flat, but pressure on the toes or the front of the foot can cause one or more joints (where two bones connect) to bend. This curls the toe. The result: the mallet, hammer or claw toe. * With a mallet toe, the joint nearest the tip of the toe is bent. * With a hammer toe, the middle joint is bent.
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