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Friday, May 12, 2006


PETERSBORO, Utah -- Gloom like a Bulwer-Lyttonesque pall hung heavily over the Cache Valley as word came that the WORD had gone.

"As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire. . . ." No, wait. . . . That's actual Bulwer-Lyttonism. Scratch it.

We conclude, with joy and trumpets and a tankard or two, the 10th season of TODAY'S WORD ON JOURNALISM. What began in 1995 as a professor's strategy to get his students to read email (guess that worked!) now has spread, birdflu-like, far beyond that unwilling audience to self-flagellating WORD volunteers on five-and-a-half continents. But the willing and unwilling alike--the halt and addled and addicted and deluded--will have to get a life and smell the roses, for a while anyway.

Today marks the end of the WORD for this academic season. Even ere the rosy dawn that didth bust o'er this glade, this vale, this happy home. . . . ooops. Avert already, Sir Bulwer, you mangy cur!!!!

See you in the fall. . . TP

Finding the right shoes starts with taking some smart steps

By Britt Shepherd

April 5, 2006 | For Utah State students, athletic shoes and flip flops are among the most popular in foot-wear because of their comfort and ease. However, finding shoes with proper support is crucial in preventing injury to the feet and many people do not know what shoes are right for them.

According to Dr. William Martin, a podiatrist in Logan, the arch of the foot should always be supported.

"If it is not supported, the arch may collapse causing knee, back and neck pain," said Martin. "The most common foot injury is caused from lack of arch support. It is an inflammation of the ligament from the heel to the middle of the foot called Plantar Fasciitis." When shopping for footwear, Dr. Martin also advises not to buy cheap shoes. They last a long time and will save a lot of pain and discomfort.

At USU athletic shoes are the most common footwear found on campus.

"I like them because they are the most comfortable," said Megan Grant, a sophomore from Centerville, Utah. "You can walk places faster and be more active when you're wearing tennis shoes."

When shopping for athletic shoes, finding a pair that caters to individual needs is important. There are four things to consider when buying athletic shoes; foot shape, body weight, budget, and the extent of the foot's movement. Also, many injuries are caused by wearing old shoes. They need to be replaced every 500 miles.

Jason Sanders, a sophomore from Orem, Utah, experienced the discomfort that comes with not wearing proper footwear.

"I was trying to be trendy and I wore my Air-Walks to hike King's Peak," said Sanders. "I got blisters all over the back of my feet and I had trouble walking for the next week."

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Women are notorious for wearing shoes for fashion rather than comfort or health. According to The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, low-heeled shoes (one inch or lower) with a wide toe box are the ideal choice for women. High-heeled, pointed-toe shoes can cause orthopedic problems, leading to discomfort or injury to the toes, ankles, knees, calves and back. Most high heeled-shoes have a pointed, narrow toe box that crowds the toes and forces them into an unnatural triangular shape. Years of wearing too-small shoes can lead to permanent deformities.

"Wearing high heels every day puts a lot of pressure on the forefoot causing bunions, pinched nerves, and hammer toes," said Dr. Martin.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons gives tips on how to select the right shoe:

  1. Because feet may vary in size, ask the salesperson to measure the length and width of each of foot.

  2. Feet expand when bearing weight, so stand while feet are being measured.

  3. Shoes should be fitted carefully to the heel as well as the toes. Check to make sure the heel does not slip out of the back of the shoe.

  4. Don't select a shoe by size alone. A size 10 in one brand or style may be smaller or larger than the same size in another brand or style. Buy the shoe that fits well.

  5. Select a shoe that conforms as closely as possible to the shape of the foot.

  6. Measure feet regularly. Their size may change with age.

  7. If the shoes feel too tight; don't buy them. There is no such thing as a "break-in period." With time, a foot may push or stretch a shoe to fit. This can cause foot pain and damage.

  8. Also remember, fashionable shoes can be comfortable, too.


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