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Americans are in love with nail polish, manicures, and pedicures. We fork over anywhere from $15 to $35 for our favorite color, design, and style weekly. For many women getting a weekly manicure or pedicure is a status symbol. 

Our love affair with getting our nails done however, is not a new phenomenon. Nail polish originated in China back to 3000 BC and was initially used by the ruling class to distinguish themselves from the general population. There are reports of several common people who were caught with nail polish being publicly executed. In 600 BC during the Zhou Dynasty, the preferred colors were silver and gold, a symbol of power and wealth, but red and black eventually replaced these as the royal's favorite shades. During the Ming Dynasty, nail polish was made from beeswax, egg whites, gelatin, vegetable dyes, and gum Arabic. 

From China, nail polish spread through India, the Middle East, and northern Africa, where it enjoyed immense popularity. In Egypt, pale colors were worn by commoners, while high society chose red to adorn their nails. After the fall of the Roman empire, nail polish disappeared from European fashion and did not reappear until the Renaissance, when new trade connections were established with the Middle East and India. By the 9th century, nails were tinted with scented red oils, polished or buffed. 

As the centuries progressed, nail polish and manicures became more common place, first in France in the late 18th century. By the 19th and early 20th centuries, people sought a polished, rather than painted look by massaging tinted powders and creams into their nails, buffing them until they were shiny. One polishing product that was sold during this time was Graf's Hyglo nail polish paste.

With the creation of automobile paint, Cutex produced the first modern nail polish in 1917. In 1932 the Charles Revson Company, later Revlon, produced their first nail polish. Once the technique was refined, it was often used in place of gloves to cover up grime and dirt underneath finger and toenails.

References: Wikipedia and History of Cosmetics.

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More than one in six adults over the age of 50 in the United Kingdom are affected by painful foot osteoarthritis, a number that is higher than previously believed. The new research from Keele University shows that the disease, which affects 3.5 million UK adults, has a significant impact on daily tasks.

The research was led by Keele University's Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre and included 5,000 participants. More than one million visits every year are made to doctors because of osteoarthritis, a disease with symptoms of inflammation of the joints, damage to cartilage, and swelling of the bone. Difficulty moving, pain, and stiffness are effects of these symptoms.

The research team found that painful foot arthritis affects more women than men, and is more common in those who have spent their careers performing manual work. Previous studies focused on x-ray findings, and this was the first to investigate how foot arthritis affects the daily lives of sufferers. Three-quarters of people with the condition reported having trouble with everyday activities like walking, standing, housework, and shopping.

This new study included new methods of detecting osteoarthritis in the midfoot, which had previously been difficult to diagnose.

Dr. Edward Roddy, clinical senior lecturer in rheumatology at Keele University, said, "Foot osteoarthritis is a more common and disabling problem than we previously thought, making everyday tasks difficult and painful for people affected.

"While it's been known for decades that joints in the foot can be affected by osteoarthritis, much of the previous research has focused on the hip and knee areas, and research on the foot has concentrated almost entirely on the bunion joint at the base of the big toe. However, by looking at the whole foot and the impact on people's lives, it's clear the problem is more widespread than we anticipated.

"This is an area that needs much more research to understand the reasons why people develop osteoarthritis in their feet, and what we can do to help improve pain and suffering from this common condition. Doctors and other healthcare professionals should also be aware of osteoarthritis as a common cause of foot pain in this age group."

Professor Anthony Redman, spokesman for Arthritis Research UK and Professor of Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Leeds said, "We know that foot problems become much more common as we get older but the medical and healthcare community have been guilty in the past of dismissing this as just an inevitable part of aging.

"We have long known about some forms of osteoarthritis in the feet such as bunions, which are a common type of osteoarthritic damage affecting the big toe joints and are taken much more seriously, with both on-surgical and surgical treatments widely employed. The study tells us that if we want to keep our over 50's active and healthy we should be similarly serious about arch or midfoot pain. While osteoarthritis does not yet have a miracle cure, the associated pain and disability are not inevitable and people with foot pain should be given genuine treatment options- something can always be done."

Reference: Medical Xpress

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We've all been there before: afraid to take off our sneakers, boots, sandals, or shoes because our shoes stink. We're so concerned someone with a discerning nose will pick up our shoe odor that we hide in the corner with our feet shoved under the sofa. Oh please don't smell my shoes and feet. 

So why do our shoes smell? Our feet sweat and create bacteria buildup that creates the bad odor. Athletes tend to have even stinkier shoes because they sweat more and therefore the bacteria builds up more and faster. 

Sometimes, even when you throw your shoes into the washing machine, the smell doesn't come out! What's up with that??? And, to make it worse, your prized running sneakers may end up warped or ruined because you tried to deodorize them. So what's a person to do?

Put your shoes in the freezer. Freezing will kill the bacteria that causes the odors and it will freshen your shoes. To enhance the process, put some baking soda in your shoes before placing them in the freezer.

If you don't want to put your shoes in the freezer exposed, place them in a plastic bag. First, put some baking soda in your shoes, then put them in the plastic bag and into the freezer. Leave your shoes in the freezer overnight. In the morning, take them out of the freezer and allow them to come to room temperature before you wear them (otherwise you'll be unhappy!). Take the shoes out of the plastic bag and shake out the loose baking soda into the garbage can. It won't hurt you or your shoes if some baking soda is left in the shoes.

During times of the year when it's around or below freezing at night, leave your shoes outside overnight. Put baking soda in your shoes and then throw them in a plastic bag. Make sure when you put them outside you leave them in an area that won't be exposed to rain or snow, or where they could be stolen.

If you don't trust your shoes outside alone overnight, put them in your car. Your car gets just as cold overnight and will kill the bacteria in your shoes.

All of these tips can be done to your shoes several times without ruining the materials, unless they are made of a delicate fabric that cannot withstand cold temperatures. For those shoes, take them to a professional cobbler.

Reference: Yahoo.

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Ahh, those rocker bottom shoes. 

First, they're touted as a way to help you lose weight. Then they were marketed as a method of reducing your back pain.

Guess what?

They do none of that.

A new study has shown that rocker bottom shoes are no better than regular sneakers in reducing lower back pain. 

The shoes were branded as a way to positively impact your posture, reducing back and joint pain. However, new research from King's College in London disproves this theory, stating that traditional sneakers may be more beneficial for back pain brought on by standing or walking. 

Lead researcher physiotherapist Dr. Sian MacRae studied 115 people with chronic lower back pain and asked them to wear rocker bottomed shoes or regular sneakers for at least two hours a day while standing and walking. 

Those in the sneaker group had less disability than those who wore rocker bottomed shoes after one year. Researchers also found that after six months, 53 percent of the sneaker group had a small improvement in their back mobility, compared to 31 percent of the rocker sole group. 

MacRae said that physicians can now say that there is little difference in wearing the rocker bottom shoes versus sneakers, as they will provide similar results in decrease of pain and disability. 

Researchers did add that if the patient experiences lower back pain when walking or standing they will see a decrease in pain when wearing sneakers rather than rocker soled shoes. 

Reference: Business Standard

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By CT Foot Care Podiatrists
November 12, 2013
Category: Celebrities

Pop singing icon Cher will have surgery to repair a problem she has suffered with for 16 years. 

The Sonny and Cher star recently told her fans on Twitter that she sustained a compound fracture in the late 1990's when a piece of equipment fell off the wall of her rehearsal studio and "crushed" her foot.

Cher admitted that every time she wears high heels she is in terrible pain (then why wear them???) and has resolved to take care of the problem. 

She was wearing stilettos Monday night for an appearance as a guest judge on a tribute show of Dancing With the Stars and revealed that she will have to wait until after Christmas to wear heels again. 

She tweeted on Tuesday morning, "Last Nite, WAS Last Nite 2Wear Heels Till After Operation... Sooo... I Bit The Bullet.. &.. Wore Them! Heaven & pain But Worth It... 6 wks till I'm running around on Stilettos (sic)!"

Having the surgery now gives Cher plenty of time to recuperate for her 49-date Dressed To Kill tour, which starts in March. 

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