High heels, aging population make foot treatments among predicted top trends for 2012

The 2012 Spa Trend Report reveals that foot-soothing may be big next year.

High heels, aging population make foot treatments among predicted top trends for 2012 The combination of the aging baby boomer population and the popularity of sky-high shoes may lead to a rise in foot treatments at spas next year, according to a Reuters reports.

Online guide SpaFinder recently revealed its predictions of the top 10 spa trends of next year, and the organization's president, Susie Ellis, said that feet are likely to be a focus.

"Medical experts argue that high heels share the blame for the fact that four in five American women now suffer foot problems and also for the arthritis pandemic underway in the UK, with 60 percent of cases now occurring in feet,"  according to a SpaFinder report.

Treatments may include muscle-strengthening exercises and computerized gait analysis, which could be especially helpful to people with hindered biomechanics stemming from bunions or hammer toe.

MedHE.com reports that soaking feet in warm water may help alleviate bunion pain, as can a soothing massage.

However, the only way to permanently reduce discomfort from bunions or hammer toe is through correction, which can be done by using bunion splints or orthotics.
 

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