CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1994 |
Throughout Los Angeles, there are hundreds, probably thousands, of them. Just look down and you'll see them--the most common victims of the earthquake. Feet. Feet crushed by falling furniture. Feet slashed by shattered window glass or broken china. Feet fractured from panicky, pre-dawn leaps out of bed. By far, the lowest appendages were the most vulnerable body parts when the land underneath trembled.
January 1, 2007 |
THEY may never pull a locomotive with their toes, but a few intrepid fitness pioneers are diligently exercising their feet with the dedication of true believers. And they may be on to something. Many podiatrists believe that putting feet through a simple exercise regimen designed to build up foot strength and flexibility can save some folks a world of hurt. "A lot of injuries we see can be prevented if you have stronger feet," says Dr.
December 31, 1993 |
Making a good match is about as much thought as most guys give to their socks. But as the day wears on, as toes begin to sweat and ankles to itch, they may think twice about what's on their feet. It seems that soggy, itchy feet have become a rallying point of late for the $2.4-billion-a-year sock business. Not since odor-eating Biogard was developed in the 1960s have manufacturers made so many claims about their products.
December 18, 1991 |
If you wear them, you already know. If you're about to start, be prepared. Complete strangers will burst out with opinions pro and con, mostly con, on "health" shoes. "Whenever I'm wearing my chunky, '70s-style shoes (people) come up to me and say 'Your shoes are ugly,' says Los Angeles fashion designer Maggie Barry. "I think they are offended because they're not feminine. The shoes look aggressive. Funny thing is, no one ever says that when I wear my motorcycle boots."
March 19, 1997 |
I know it's time to buy new running shoes when an old ankle injury that seldom bothers me begins to send brief flashes of dull pain. Typically, this occurs every six months, when I've run about 400 miles in the shoes. Even though the outsides usually still look pretty good, I've learned that shelling out the bucks for a new pair makes a critical difference in my health and enjoyment of the sport. Because with new shoes, the pain disappears.
January 1, 2007 |
ORTHOPEDIC surgeons and podiatrists who study it, operate on it and care for it are as enamored of the often sweaty, sometimes stinky, foot as are cardiologists of the heart, or neurologists of the brain. "It's ingenious," says Edward Glaser, a Tennessee podiatrist who switched professions from mechanical engineering to podiatry because of his admiration for the foot's function. "As a machine, it's an engineering marvel."
September 3, 2007 |
The slap, slap, slapping resounded through the air, punctuated by screams of pain and slightly hysterical giggling. It sounded like dozens of hands thwacking dozens of bare buttocks. Several rooms, each with 10 willing sufferers stretched out on chaise longues were being simultaneously tortured by nubile girls and agile boys. Where was this den of depravity? Were we in some ante room of hell -- or was it heaven? It was neither.
October 6, 1998 |
Rudyard Kipling knew the importance of good footwear to the fighting man. So does Pepe Ramirez. In his poem "Boots," Kipling provides the infantry's vision of hell on earth: It-is-not-fire-devils, dark, or anything,/But boots-boots-boots-boots-movin' up an' down again. Ramirez, a Marine Corps staff sergeant and drill instructor at the recruit depot here, has his own way of describing the same age-old devotion. "If your feet feel bad, it's not long before your head feels bad," said Ramirez.
November 15, 2004 |
As a teacher, William Crews has spent a good deal of time on his feet. But when he began suffering from excruciating heel pain, his students weren't the only ones who had to take a seat when the bell rang. "Normally, I walk around the classroom and see what they're doing, and I talk and get them involved," says Crews, 57, a special education teacher at Belmont High School in Los Angeles. "I'm used to using a lot of energy." That changed when his feet started to hurt a couple of years ago.
June 14, 1994 |
You don't need to walk a mile in my high heels to know me. I'll make it easy: I am a 5-foot-5 brunette who believes 5-foot-8 blondes live on greener grass. I tried being blond once--with a wig--and was glad I hadn't used bleach. But standing taller is another issue, one that I won't abandon as long as there are friends like Manolo, Roger, Kenneth, Sam, Libby, Joan and David. They haven't crippled my feet, ruined my back or broken my legs.