The new device works by using similar radiation levels as conventional scanners, and scans both feet of the patient in under 60 seconds as they are standing in a weight-bearing position, wearing shoes or not. Previously, doctors had to diagnose foot problems with a 2-D X-ray, which left out a lot of information. The researchers found that women who regularly wear high heels experience foot and ankle problems because their weight is transferred to the ball of the foot, which adds pressure to sesamoids, the small bones under the big toe. Wearing heels can also squash the toes, and forces the foot into an unnatural shape, which can cause long-term issues, such as clawing of the toes. This occurs when the toes contract at the middle and end of the joints. The scientists said that the scanner has correctly pinpointed a variety of foot issues in the month it has been used at the hospital.
Not these 2012 trends It's no secret for those who wear high heels that it can be painful to walk in them. But researchers behind the new study wanted to delve deeper and see if heels cause long-term damage to the way women walk. Researchers at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia got the idea over a cup of coffee, while watching a young woman stumble past them in heels. "She looked quite uncomfortable and unstable," Dr. Neil J. Cronin, a postdoctoral researcher at the university's musculoskeletal research program, told The New York Times .
3D Scanner Reveals High Heels Will Permanently Mutilate Your Feet
Well heres one in the form of a nightmarish 3D video showing the mutilating effects of high heels. A British study has confirmed that while wearers of sensibly stylish loafers will be gliding into web link their later years on beautiful lady feet, those of us partial to high heels will be clawing our way on permanently mangled bones and claw-shaped toes. Using state-of-the-art 3D scanning technology, researchers at North Londons Royal National Orthopedic Hospital have compiled hundreds of 2D scans of patients wearing high heels to create a single 3D image. What it reveals is sort of terrifying.Consultant orthopedic surgeon Andy Goldberg explains: When youre in heels your entire body weight is going through the two tiny little bones going under the big toe, which canclearly lead to problems. The scan also shows that wearing heels causes the toes to curl over, which doesnt cause problems short term, but after years of wearing heels could lead to fixed clawing and intense pain. Goldberg concludes, For many years our feet have had to fit into someone elses ideas of our shoes, rather than making shoes to fit our feet, and that paradigm really has to change. Further study results showed 57% of the hospitals female patients had admitted to experiencing severe foot pain as a result of regularly wearing uncomfortable shoes. 86% admitted that they found difficulty in finding shoes that could comfortably fit their feet.