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How we love to look in the mirror – to follow the skin, the figure, the complexion. Smooth out wrinkles and frown over any trifle because of the inexorable time. Spending crazy money on hyped cosmetic brands and emphasizing your enthusiasm with the most stylish outfits.

However, perhaps few people know what is important the measure of human youth is the legs. And especially the feet. The condition of their skin, softness, elasticity, mobility decisively determine our mood, and our posture, and the ease of walking and … the degree of success of the day. That’s why your feet just won’t let you ignore their problems. Although it is desirable, of course, to simply not bring matters to problems.

Of course, ordinary women, as a rule, do not play football all the time, do not fight with legs and do not work on construction sites. But the percentage of leg injuries they have is no lower than that of men. After all, we walk on heels – unstable and treacherously fragile torture devices. Naturally, no real lady will ever complain about pain in her legs. But there are times when you should not refuse to call an ambulance or at least a timely visit to an orthopedist.

Often the result of tedious walking in heels is dislocation. A twisted leg is an ordinary event in a woman’s life, especially in the evening, at the end of a tiring day, when the ligaments of the legs weaken and cease to support the ankle joint with a corset. However, most people, having twisted their leg, apply ice to the sore spot in the hope of relief and, having calmed the pain, forget about the problem.

In vain. If you twist your leg and do not cure the injury, then you will have to climb the wall from the next dislocation. And what’s more: this next dislocation will not be long in coming, since the ligament rarely returns to its original shape and is already potentially a “weak spot”.

Only a doctor can accurately determine what you have: a trifle or a serious injury. One in six patients who seek medical attention with a suspected twisted foot actually has a tendon rupture or fracture. So, if the leg is swollen and a day after the injury, the pain has not gone away, you need to go to the emergency room.

Overloading the foot leads to a thickening of its arch. This often causes stretching of the connective tissue that runs from the heel to the toe, which in turn causes a sharp pain in the heel (fasciitis). Studies have shown that this disease mainly affects people who are overweight. So, if your stable weight can be safely called overweight, take care of stable, comfortable shoes with high-quality soles with all modern anatomical inserts inside. And in any case, you should not risk your health by putting your weight on flimsy stilettos and similar risky frail products of fashionable ladies’ shoemakers. If there is no willpower to get rid of extra pounds, then you have to pay with beauty, getting rid of exquisite and fragile “boats”.

With already developed fasciitis, it is not recommended to walk barefoot or in flip-flops, because this relaxes the foot. You need to use supinatopes and train your legs daily. Before getting out of bed in the morning, pull your leg towards you and, grabbing it on your fingers, arch your foot as much as possible with your toe towards you.

Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bones. The weak point of the tendon is located about 5 centimeters above the heel. This point is poorly supplied with blood, so injuries do not heal well. A sharp load on the tendon (if you suddenly want to go through a week-long fitness course with one impudence) can lead to serious injury. So even surgery is required.

The best way to prevent this trouble is daily calf stretching exercise. You need to stand at arm’s length from the wall and rest your palms on it. Without rising on your toes, bring your chest closer to the wall until you feel a painful stretch in your calves. Hold the position for 20 seconds – and gently push up from the wall to the starting position. For stretching, a couple of repetitions are enough.

Tight evening shoes become a real “Spanish boot”, not only in terms of sensations, but also in the disfigurement of our legs. The whims of fashion squeeze our fingers from above, then from the sides (in pointed shoes), then in front (in “chopped off” socks). As a result, the bones are compressed for several hours, the nails are deformed, the nerves are damaged, thereby providing chronic pain in the foot – the so-called Morton’s neuroma. In addition, you can earn a special damage to the thumb, in which it is always curved, like an eagle’s claw. Because of this ailment, the gait may not change for the better, permanent abscesses and calluses appear.

And if, when walking, they began to pester cramps of the fingers, burning between them, pain in the foot, you should immediately turn to the doctor. Otherwise, in the distant future, you will have to slowly hobble with a stick.

To avoid all these horrors and a meeting with a surgeon, it is enough to always remember the simplest rules:

Choose shoes that are not too exaggerated fashionable silhouette and check when buying shoes the presence of toe space – in front and on top. The longest finger (dressed for the season) should not reach the sock from the inside by about a centimeter, and the fingers should move freely.

Go shopping in the evening – by this time the foot swells slightly and increases.

Choose a pair in which the larger foot is comfortable, because one of the feet of each person is always slightly larger than the other.

Check the comfort of shoes on both hard floors and soft carpets.

If possible, you should walk in the chosen pair for 10 minutes and listen to your feelings. If you do not feel discomfort, you can safely pay for the purchase.

Elena RUDNEVA.

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