Stepping Pretty


When you think of cosmetic surgery, feet aren’t usually the first things to come to mind, but more and more people are opting for surgery to make their feet prettier. “Foot Makeover” and “Toe Tuck” are just two of the terms that have come into vogue in recent years. Cosmetic foot surgery is defined as surgery “done to manipulate or change a foot that has no underlying injury.”

Some women want to shorten their toes or have their feet made narrower, while others ask for collagen or silicon injections in the pads of their feet to make it more comfortable to wear high heels. According to WebMD, the majority of foot and ankle surgeons surveyed (82 percent) thought cosmetic foot surgery was inappropriate.

Since the feet are the foundation of the body, they can actually take on more stress and toxins than your face. Some foot problems come with age, but others are actually indicators that potentially more harmful medical conditions may arise. The most common cause of foot pain is shoes that do not fit properly. The best shoe to wear is wide fitting with a low heel so your foot can adjust to swelling throughout the day and you can avoid developing bunions. Diabetics need to pay special attention to their feet. Diabetes causes nerve damage, which ultimately leads to a loss of sensation in the foot. Diabetics also have decreased circulation in the foot which can result in a slower healing process of any sore that has been trying to heal.

Just as we exercise our bodies for optimal health, exercising our feet can have benefits as well. A product called Yoga Toes can improve and prevent foot problems by aligning and stretching the toes. They ease aches and pains due to bad posture and reduce the soreness caused by bunions, hammertoes and plantar fasciitis. Wearing Yoga Sandals is another way to reduce your foot pain while making a fashion statement. These cute flip-flops separate your toes, force you to have better posture and elongate your back, which reduces back pain and even ankle pain. By creating proper foot alignment, the rest of your body, including the ankles, knees and hips are able to come into alignment.

For shaping up calves, thighs, booty and core, Skechers Shape Ups really work! I wore them for two months every day and noticed a huge improvement in my “shape.” For more information on these two products visit www.yogaPro.com or


Jackie Silver is the founder and president of Aging Backwards, LLC and author of Aging Backwards: Secrets to Staying Young. Follow her on Twitter, @AgingBackwards. Sign up for her free newsletter at:

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2 had something to say.
  1. VanillaSeven

    Exercise is indeed important as we advance in years. Thanks for dropping by! :)

  2. PYNTK

    You're right. The older we get, the more important it becomes.


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