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Are You Paranoid About Your Less-Than-Perfect Pedi?

When you peek at your feet, what do you think? Are you dazzled by your perfectly filed toenails and softer-than-soft heels, or are you none too thrilled with their less than impeccable looks? As this article in The New York Times points out, often, women take way better care of their faces than their tootsies.

According to a recent study from the American Podiatric Medical Association, 50 percent of women surveyed were "always, frequently, or sometimes" embarrassed by the appearance of their feet. In fact, there are several Facebook groups devoted to feet bashing, and pedicurists note that customers are often apologetic for the way their feet look. See both sides of the story now.

But does it really matter? "People don’t think about their feet until they fail them," said podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Romansky. "Most Americans are always in a rush or too fat to bend over," he added. Marathon runner and author of Fixing Your Feet John Vonhof takes a similarly unabashed stance, implying that more than 50 percent of women are dissatisfied with their feet. "If you went into your local running store," he said, "you would get different numbers."

Maybe feet are freaky. Or is it just that we're being too harsh on ourselves, trying to achieve that elusive standard of perfection? "There’s a perfect image that’s been created, and that extends all the way down to your feet," said psychologist Ann Kearney-Cooke. Feet aren't the most attractive of body parts, and I'm amazed that some people have foot fetishes, but I don't freak out about their imperfections. I'm all for taking care of my body and appearance, including my feet, but not at the cost of constant paranoia. What say you?

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equestriennechic equestriennechic 8 years
My toes have to be perfectly painted at all times in the summer, of course!! I like my feet anyway, but like them to look as good as they can as well.
cnyc1a cnyc1a 8 years
I try my best to take care of my feet. I do yoga all the time and I like to keep my toes looking nice. I have mild dry heels so I'm very conscious of always use my foot scrubber , moisturizer, and oil on the nail bed. I get Pedi's and Mani's every 2 weeks and only go to nail salon's that rip open their pedicure utensils. As a teenager I didn't care about my feet and pretty much let them go during dance, sports, ,and got a nasty foot fungus. I didn't know what to do and was so embarrassed. Finally I took charge and took a medicine that healed it and I promised myself I would never let my toes and feet go bad again. Your feet keep you grounded and the most you can do for them is give them love
ren_kr ren_kr 8 years
I think feet is fine as long the nails are in check and is nicely moisturized. however some people such as my boyfriend actually prefers certain feet shapes and calls my feet hobbit feet. thanks boyfriend.
brightongirl brightongirl 8 years
I put a lot of effort into making sure my feet look nice...and I am totally grossed out by people who don't. Especially in the age of flip-flops, I really don't want to see nasty crusty feet.
mek123 mek123 8 years
I used to have really cute, little feet but age and pregnancy have taken their toll but I don't worry about them too much, just keep my toenail polish neat.
soapbox soapbox 8 years
I always take care of my feet, but I'm still paranoid. I use the pumice regularly, moisturize and always have my toenails trimmed and painted, but feet are just so unattractive.
cg130 cg130 8 years
So many people have gross feet! I don't stress over my feet a ton, I just make sure my toenails are polished and trimmed if I'm going to be barefoot/wearing open-toed shoes.
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 8 years
My mom tells me I should be more diligent about exfoliating/moisturizing, and while she may be right, I'm not too concerned. My feet look pretty okay. I keep the length of my toenails in check and polish them myself. I used to have a friend who would FREAK OUT if she saw someone's feet near her. While I don't under stand some people's attraction to feet, I certainly don't find them revolting. (Unless they're super gnarly...)
Isabella-Thorpe Isabella-Thorpe 8 years
This article killed me... especially the doc saying that most Americans are too fat to fix their feet. Blech! In the office, at the very least, no one should be seeing your feet if you haven't had a pedi in the last month... (or do the upkeep yourself).
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
OMG, I am embarrassed about my feet, even though I try to take great care of them. I take time off from wearing nail polish so the nail can "breathe" and I'm always running a pumice over the soles to slough off dead skin. I have always had insanely dry feet and my toes and my heels are always peeling skin (as in large chunks of skin at a time). The dermatologist even gave me prescription lotion for it and nothing short of coating my feet in virgin olive oil (which I do!) will keep my heels and toes looking smooth and that's only for a few hours at best.
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