Entries in Feet (4)


Study: Pregnancy Can Take a Toll on Your Feet's Arches

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Attention moms-to-be: you may want to pay more attention to your feet, a new study suggests.

Writing in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, researchers from the University of Iowa report that pregnancy flattens out the arches of the feet, most likely due to the obvious weight increase during pregnancy and an increased looseness in the joints caused by the flood of pregnancy hormones.

Of the 49 pairs of pregnant women’s feet they examined, the researchers found that 60 to 70 percent experienced decreased arch height from early pregnancy to five months after childbirth.  That caused corresponding increases in foot length up to four inches, as well as a collapsing of the arches.

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Is Cosmetic Surgery for Feet the Solution for Shoe Lovers?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Charmaine Gumbs is a self-proclaimed high heel shoe fanatic with everything in her shoe collection from Jimmy Choos to the same ’40s-style pair of heels once worn by Madonna.

“A beautiful pair of shoes can suck me in,” Gumbs, from Brooklyn, N.Y., told ABC's Good Morning America.

But for Gumbs, her love of high heels came with a price: living with pain in the ball of her foot when she wore her favored shoes.

“It burns and it’s like fire,” she said.  “I have my New Year’s Eve Jimmy Choos that I have not put on my foot yet because I am afraid of them…that heel.”

Gumbs chose to take action to fix her pain, becoming one of a number of women across the country choosing to fix their toes instead of giving up their favorite pumps, or even their sandals.

When Jennifer Pyron, a 27-year-old from New York City, had to stop wearing her favorite summer shoes because they were being ruined by sweat from her toes, she decided to have a cosmetic procedure.

“A lot of people have the problem, especially women that want to wear great shoes,” said Dr. Suzanne Levine, a podiatrist at the Institute Beaute in New York City who treated both Pyron and Gumbs.  “They [women] don’t want their shoes ruined.  It really is quite a problem.”

Dr. Levine injected Pyron’s feet with Botox to lessen the sweating.  She treated high heel shoe-lover Gumbs’s pain by injecting a biodegradable cushioning into her foot, a filler similar to what people have injected into their smile lines.

The cushioning, which replaces the natural cushioning in the foot, will last about nine months, according to Dr. Levine.

The patient, Gumbs, said she realizes that the procedure may seem crazy to others, but it is worth it to her.

“Not when you love shoes,” she said of the other option, to not wear high heels.

One week after the treatment, Gumbs found herself pain-free.

“I feel not so frightened by my shoes anymore because I love them,” she said.  “I look forward to wearing them in comfort, not in agony.”

Pyron also found relief in her feet after her Botox injection.

“Once it kicked in I totally noticed a difference,” she said.

Not all doctors agree, however, that operating on one’s feet to be able to wear a certain type or pair of shoes is a good idea.

“I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with plastic surgery,” said Dr. David Levine, Assistant Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City (and no relation to Dr. Suzanne Levine).  “I have no problem if someone wants to change their nose, or change their boobs.  But you don’t walk on your boobs.”

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Woman Who Lost Her Hands and Feet Receives Double Hand Transplant

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- A young woman who lost her hands and feet to an infection about four years ago is recuperating after undergoing a double hand transplant.

“The patient is doing extremely well,” said Dr. L. Scott Levin, who led the team of doctors. “She’s progressing very well through rehab and she has gained significant independence with her gestures. She’s able to wipe a tear and scratch her nose. These are huge milestones.”

The woman, described only as being in her late 20s, has asked to remain anonymous while she recovers.

University of Pennsylvania doctors performed the double hand transplant in September, making her one of only 60 people in the world who has received such state-of-the-art transplantation.

“Our main hope with transplants like this one is that the hands will, over time, function better than prostheses,” said Levin, director of the Penn Hand Transplant Program who was aided in the operation by 12 surgeons.  

During the nearly 12-hour surgery, doctors connected the forearm bones with steel plates. Veins and arteries were connected, and muscles and tendons were then stitched together before skin was then closed, ABC News’ Philadelphia affiliate, WPVI-TV, reported.

Matching a patient for a hand transplant can be quite difficult, Levin told ABC News.  The skin type, age, gender and size of the hands and arms must be the correct match in order for doctors to move forward with the procedure. Doctors also must evaluate the will of the patient, family and social support, emotional stability and understanding the immunosuppression that results after transplants.

Transplant patients take immunosuppressants to prevent their bodies from rejecting the new limb or organ. While the new body part is usually worth the post-procedure risks, a new study from the National Cancer Institute found that transplant recipients are at double the risk of getting cancer than the general population.

It was not immediately known whether the patient could also be a candidate for a double foot transplant.

“The first kidney transplant was performed in 1954 and here we are, 57 years later, transplanting hands and arms and faces and legs,” said Levin. “I think we’re on the verge of an entirely new dimension of transplantation. It’s really the frontier of surgical technology.”

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Woman Has Extra Nipple on Bottom of Foot

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- An unidentified 22-year-old woman has three nipples -- two in the usual place, and a third on the bottom of her foot, according to a report by The foot nipple is almost two inches wide and the woman claims that she’s had it her entire life and it has never caused her any discomfort.

Even though one in 50 women and one in 100 men have extra nipples, this is the first time one has been reported to grow on a foot. Most extra nipples grow along the milk lines running from the human genitals to the armpits. However some nipples have been reported to grow on the back, thigh, and even the face of some humans.

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