Michael Jackson and his flat feet

Michael Jackson and the wonderful Liza Minnelli were friends for many years. Ms. Minelli gave an interview discussing her foot advise to her good friend Michael Jackson. She was talking about his entertainment and dance performances as a young adult. When she looked at his feet and saw how flat they were, she insisted he worked on his foot muscles. She said that to be a good dancer he would have to engage his foot muscles and develop the arches in his feet. He did just as she advised and developed much better arches in his feet. Many men cannot spend hours per day with strict dance routines to tighten their foot muscles.

That is why using the Tri-step System using arch lifting insoles in 3 stages, electro muscle stimulating foot pads to tighten the foot muscles and adhesive tapes to tighten the foot is a more retaliating approach to lifting flat feet.


Watch the video below on how Tri-Step System works.

 

 

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4D Foot Aligning Footerella System

The Footerella is a 4D system for the feet. It uses an electro-active 4D system that stimulates the muscles to move.

The Footerella minipad electro muscle stimulator tightens the muscles and intervates the nerves to the feet.

The foot insole aligners lift the arches in the feet causing the foot to get slimmer and smaller. There are 3 insoles that change the position of the foot in stages, similar to the way braces work for the teeth.

The adhesive tapes for the feet are used to bind the forefoot and the mid-foot making the foot slimmer and reducing the amount of splay in the forefoot which can lead to bunions and toe deformities. It works by moving the bones to be pushed closer together and allowing the ligaments to tighten and co tract the foot into that position.

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Victoria Beckham – Beauty and the Bunion

Victoria Beckham on foot brace

Victoria Beckham has been in the press lately regarding her feet and her foot brace that she has been fashioning in recent weeks. She has, no doubt, taken advice from her husband David Beckham regarding foot rehabilitation. He is no stranger to foot trauma having had a metatarsal injury and wore an air-cast too.

Having not treated Mrs. Beckham, I can only surmise that she may have had a metatarsal bruise or stress fracture from the misalignment in her forefeet. It is commonly known that Mrs. Victoria Beckham has endured bunions, medically known as hallux valgus, for some time now. They appear to be of no hindrance to the busy mother of four.

When the forefoot metatarsal bones are not aligned, the foot gets wider and the bones protrude behind the big toe and the fifth toe. The big toe then turns towards the second toe and the little toe turns inwards towards the 4th toe. This creates a triangle-shaped foot in the toe area. This is actually quite a convenient position for the toes to be in when wearing pointed high heels or pointed flat shoes. However, when the first metatarsal bone deviates at a certain angle, it causes a large boney lump which can painfully press against even the softest of shoes.

A resultant collapse of the medial arch may be evident when Mrs. Beckham is standing on her bare feet or in flat shoes - the medial arch may depress. However, with her dance training and excellent posture, she will most likely hold her feet with a conscious effort to keep the arches up and ankles aligned as all well trained dancers do.

Wearing high heels pushes the ankle forward and aligns them, making them appear straight. This may be why she finds wearing heels more comfortable?

I was once asked during a television interview I was giving in Dubai about Mrs Victoria Beckham’s feet. I had said that she was so elegant and beautiful, no one should be staring at her feet! She shouldn’t have concerned herself with having a painful surgery with three young children and another on the way - she was pregnant with Harper at the time I gave the interview. Being a busy working mother, there is little time to take a minimum of one month of rest to fix bunions with surgical intervention.

That’s why many women opt for the Footerella System to help improve their foot posture and help minimise their bunions - especially if they are painful. The simple camouflage adhesive forefoot taping method using Beauty and the Bunion would help align the big toe in open shoes giving the temporary appearance of a straight toe. The toenail looks straight and level when wearing open toed shoes - allowing painted toenails to be noticed for all the right reasons.

 

A stronger treatment involves the Footerella System - wearing 3 different intensity levels of insoles inside sports shoes when working out. Using the electro-muscle stimulator minipad for the feet these tighten the forefoot muscles when sitting working. Finally, forefoot adhesive tapes to bind the forefoot together for 2-6 weeks to slim the forefoot achieves a tighter look and feel to the feet.

 

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Slimmer, Smaller Feet

To make your feet slimmer and smaller we must address the three arches in the foot. The forefoot arch runs across the foot and this gives the foot it’s width. The medial arch runs along the inside of the foot and this is the most commonly known arch in the foot. The third arch runs along the outside of the foot and this is called the lateral arch.

By lifting all three of these arches we can make the foot slimmer and smaller. For example, a flatfoot will be longer than the foot really should be. Raising the arches of the feet will decrease the length of the foot; making a slimmer and  smaller feet.

Three components must be addressed in order to get the foot slimmer and smaller. Firstly, the bones must be lifted using the three foot insoles. Secondly, the ligaments must be contracted using the foot tapes. Finally, the muscles must be engaged and strengthened using the electro muscle stimulator pad. The Footerella System combines all 3 to make the foot slimmer and smaller. Each individual person’s feet differ from one another and the results will vary depending on the severity of the condition of the feet.

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Radio – Dubai Eye 103.8

Many women and men want to make their feet slimmer and smaller. Being told to just wear wider shoes is not the answer anymore. It’s similar to having crooked teeth and wanting straight teeth and being told ‘just don’t smile’.

The Footerella System addresses three parts of the foot. The bones, the muscles and the ligaments all control the shape, width and length of the foot. The foot can be made smaller by lifting the three arches in the foot. There are 3 insoles inside the Footerella System that are designed to lift the medial, lateral and the transverse arches. The Footerella System uses adhesive medical tapes to tighten the forefoot, which makes the foot slimmer. Finally, the muscles underneath and between the bones can be weak, especially if the feet are flat and wide. By using the Footerella EMS device on each foot, these electrical muscle stimulators tighten the muscles between the metatarsals making the foot slimmer and smaller. By lifting the bones in the feet, tightening the muscles and contracting the ligaments, the foot can easily become smaller and slimmer. The male version of the system is called Tri-Step and it changes feet from a range of sizes 52 to a size 42 and the women’s Footerella System changes feet from sizes between 43 to a size 37.

 

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Bunion

A bunion is a painful bony area behind the big toe and a bunionette is a painful bony area behind the 5th toe. It can happen for women, men and children. Some bunions are genetic, some are from ligament laxity, some from poor foot alignment in the ankle and arches and others are caused from footwear that is too tight.

 


Three Main Types of Bunions

Type 1 – Small boney growth from tight shoes

 When shoes are too tight it causes pressure in the forefoot to the area behind the big toe and behind the fifth toe. This occurs in men and women.  To check if you have this type of bunion and bunionette, look at the big toenail and toe when standing. It should be level and straight. Look at your shoes when wearing them. Ballerina pumps, slip on shoes and high heels are the main culprit. Are the boney areas exactly where the edge of the forefoot where the shoe cuts across the top and side of the foot?  The pressure from tight footwear makes the bone react and grow larger. It may also start to grow a swelling called a buses to protect the bone which makes the lumps look larger than they actually are.

 

Treatment

  1. Better fitting shoes. 
  2. Make the foot slimmer and smaller. This can be reduced by using forefoot tapes by  for women or   tapes for men with a  or  insole. This insole lifts the forefoot bones back up together. The tapes minimize the width of the forefoot making the foot size smaller and slimmer by half shoe size to one shoe size smaller making it fit into shoes again. 

To prevent it coming back use beauty and the bunion tapes when wearing high heels or tight shoes such as dress work shoes for men and ballerina pumps or high heels for women. They keep the foot small and tight so that it does not press against the shoe causing bony growth’s.

 

 


Type 2 – Forefoot splay and widening

This type is exclusively found in women’s feet particularly with hormone changes or after having children or age related.

Normal female hormones make the ligaments softer and more chewing gum like. They hold the forefoot bones together tightly. But with hormones affecting these ligaments the forefoot gets wider over time. The big toe also starts to deviate and move towards the second toe and the toenail plate on the big toe also turns. To see if you have Type II bunion stand on your feet and look at your big toe. If the big toe moves across towards the second toe then you have Type II bunion. It should be noted that there is a good medial arch and straight ankle and there is no involvement from the medial arch collapsing. 

Treatment

    1. Use the  system for women and system for men. 
    2. 2. All three components require addressing. These include muscles,bones and ligaments.  The 3 insoles in the system  are divided into three stages to lift the metatarsal bones in the forefoot back up again. The forefoot binding tapes squeeze the metatarsals together again making the forefoot slimmer again by pulling the bunion and bunionette together. The electro muscle stimulator in the systems works by strengthening the muscles that also help to keep the metatarsals together. This is important as the insoles and binding tapes can make the muscles week during the 6-12 week process. This must be counterbalanced by engaging these specific muscles. 

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Type 3 – Bunion and bunionette with medial ankle collapse, medial arch collapse, forefoot splaying.  

This is the most complex of all the bunions. This can be found in children men and women. It starts with the medial ankle leaning in and collapsing the medial arch. The forefoot then splays, collapses and widens making the first and fifth metatarsal push outwards. The big toe will appear to be moving towards the second toe and the toenail will be leaning away from its centre position. The longer the problem goes on, the fifth toe will also start to lean towards the 4th toe and the nail will turn down towards the ground also. 

 

Treatment

  1. Firstly, ankle must be straightened using The  that tilts the foot which in turn straightens the ankle. It should be worn for 3 month. In children this orthotic is called . After completing  three months the for men or the  system for women and children should be used for 6-12 weeks. A silicone toe aligner my also be used which is custom made to help if the big toe has deviated an extreme amount. 

 

 

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