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.
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.
August 14, 2006 |
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."
January 28, 1992 |
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.
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August 12, 1991 |
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 |
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. . . .
August 21, 2000 |
Do you have happy feet? This time of year, a lot of kids don't. You're running around barefoot one day, then putting on new school shoes the next. Each can spell trouble for your tootsies. First, the shoeless part: Although it's tempting to skip the shoes, it's not always a great idea. "At the beach is different than in an alley," points out Dr. William Oppenheim, head of pediatric orthopedics at UCLA.
June 6, 2001 |
Does sandal season make you feel like sticking your toes in the sand? Pedicures can smooth calluses, remove dry, flaky skin and give your toenails polish. If you want a fresh look, you might try this season's palette of fruity polish colors, including some electric pastel greens and blues. "We have a lot of new colors . . . things that are kind of whimsical, like Key Lime Pie, for example," says Rhonda Stefanick, pedicurist at the Noelle Spa for Beauty & Wellness in Stamford, Conn.