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Anti-Ladies' High Heels Movement Starts In Japan

Action Against Ladies High-Heeled Footwear or stilettos, known as a health and safety hazard to women, have caught on in Japan, as a women's movement grows against workplaces strictly requiring women to wear high heels as part of office or work uniforms. A lady worker in Britain,  previously exposed the unhealthy and discriminatory practice which is akin to 'binding' women's feet.

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Time to Consider Parting with Woollen Slippers for Rubber Flip-flops or Sandals...

A pair of woollen slippers, or what some people call ‘woollies’,  has traditionally been the choice by both young and old, particularly senior citizens who love its reassuring warmth even though they are already wearing warming, perhaps woollen socks, too, in their homes throughout all seasons of the year.

A disadvantage of woollen slippers vis-a-vis its rubber counterparts is that it can attract dust mites inside as well as be an ideal place for fungus to thrive and infect the wearer’s feet, in particular, the toenails.

Video Clip No. 8 is an actual pitfall (one of the many) of wearing very high-heeled shoes or stilettos

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Fungal Nail Infection: Visible, But Often Missed Or Ignored...

Fungal nail infections can hit people of all ages. Yet, despite its appearance, people often fail to notice it or just completely ignore the problem, mistakenly thinking that it will just go away; and then realising too late that it has spread or done a lot of toenail damage and discomfort.

These fungal toenail infection is known as Onychomycosis. Other names are also used, i.e. nail ringworm and  'tinea unguium'. It is said to be the most common disease of the nails.

Dermatophytes, Candida, and non-dermatophytic molds cause these infections.

Indicators to help spot possible foot infections

Here are some indicators to help one spot possible foot infection:

  • Smell especially around, on the surface of, or under suspected nail, skin  or area (foul odour akin to rotten eggs or rotting cheese). Can be very pungent or sharp.
  • Colour. Necrotic colour like black, or lighter shade of white within toenail. Can also be slightly brown or yellow brown, and greenish.
  • Some oozing  (especially puss can be observed).
  • Itchiness
  • Nail thickening and accumulation of debris underneath.
  • changes in skin consistency or texture.

Be Not ‘Afear' (to have your feet professionally examined)...

Ignore your feet at your own peril… but prudence requires that people consult a foot health professional for their foot health needs or concerns.

People that tend to hide their feet,  are either scared, too embarrassed to have it promptly checked or cannot be bothered at all-- even though problems are starting to arise or there are already problems causing unnecessary pain or grief; or about to lead to that unwanted direction. A stiff upper lip is often maintained. They either camouflage it with posh, high heeled or very hard, very  tight-fitting footwear so others can ogle at the elegant, curvaceous or ‘brand' spanking shoes, but not the feet that’s in it.

Pedicured feet do not mix with foot examination

Foot examination requires that toenails are free from pedicure or cosmetic treatment-- especially toenail paint or polish.

Toe nails are an important part of foot examination. In its pedicure-free state, toenails provide an indication of its overall health (and blood circulation in the feet). Discoloured toenails, for instance, can indicate either trauma, poor circulation, fungal or bacterial infection (especially for the latter two when accompanied by foul odour and flaky or crumbly texture).

Why 'Long, Tall Sallys’ (LTS) or High Heels Are NOT Cool

High Heels can make ladies seemingly look long, tall and sexy. Posh workplaces, corporate bosses, the fashion glitterati and advertising world may also encourage or demand that they be worn because it supposedly (albeit mistakenly) makes women look ’smart’ and ‘elegant’. It may make womens' bodies look uprightly curvaceous, but at a great cost to their comfort, health, safety and wellbeing. 

Like the traditional Chinese way of binding women’s feet (so these remained very tiny especially in later life; and likewise ‘manacled' women to their feudal male masters
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