Toe wrestling is an actual sport in several counties, complete with a men’s and women’s division and a Toe Wrestling World Championship
Jyoti Amge from Nagpar, India holds the world record for the smallest, non-bound feet, just 3.72 inches long
Brahim Takioullah from Morocco hold the honor for the largest feet. At 1 foot 3 inches long, his feet require a European size 58!
10 Historical Facts about Shoes
In the 1300s, King Edward II declared barleycorn as the basis for shoe measurement. Based on the length of a grain of barley, there are three barleycorns to an inch, so each shoe size adds a third of an inch in length to a shoe.
The most expensive shoes ever, Dorothy’s shoes from the Wizard of OZ, sold for $660,000.
The oldest preserved shoe is 5500 years old and was found in an Armenian cave.
The only shoe museum in North America is located in Toronto. This museum showcases shoes spanning over 4,500 years.
Sneakers were first made in America in 1916. They were originally called keds.
In Europe it wasn’t until the 18th century that women’s shoes were different from men’s.
In Europe, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries heels on shoes were always colored red.
The first boots were made for Queen Victoria in 1840
The ancient Romans were the first to construct distinct left and right shoes. Before that, shoes could be worn on either foot
The first foot coverings were probably animal skins, which Stone Age peoples in northern Europe and Asia tied around their ankles in cold weather
We are excited to announce that we are trying something NEW this fall and pairing our Successful Adult & Pediatric Biomechanical Master Class with 3 great events happening around the country.
Mastering Biomechanics by Taking the Mystery out of Gait AT IPED September 12, 2019 6-9 pm
Pittsburgh Airport Marriott, Coraopolis, PA
This course is a 3 hour biomechanics workshop on functional foot typing and gait analysis of pediatric, adolescent, and adult patients. You will learn a simple 4 step visual gait assessment method of foot typing based on a patented clinical assessment algorithm which identifies and differentiates the structural and functional aspects of the foot into 6 specific foot “types”. This 4-Step Foot Typing method is quick and easy to learn and will offer the practitioner a biomechanically based approach to gait assessment and foot classification.
Adult & Pediatric Biomechanics Master Class at Region One Thursday October 24, 2019
2019 APMA Region One/Podiatry Institute Conference Framingham Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center 1657 Worcester Rd Framingham, MA CMEs Pending
Join Louis J. DeCaro, DPM and Roberta Nole, MA, PT at Region One for a special one day Pre-Conference Symposium.
This one-day program examines both the science and practice management of biomechanics, orthotics of all ages. It will include both lecture and hands on workshops that will cover the A-to-Z’s of running a successful foot orthotic program. The program will offer attendees an over-view of the normal development of a child’s foot, normal and pathological foot biomechanics and how to classify pediatric and adult foot types, specialized content on pediatric biomechanics conditions, and marketing strategies on how to expand your orthotic and bracing program. As well practitioners will be participating in a hands on biomechanics lab that will show them first hand how to biomechanically characterize and treat almost any foot type.
Adult & Pediatric Biomechanics Master Class at the PFA November 6, 2019
PFA’s 60th Annual Symposium and Exhibition M Resort 12300 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Henderson, NV Pre-Approved by ABC for 6 Scientific Credits and 1 Business Credit Pre-Approval Pending from BOC
Join Louis J. DeCaro, DPM and Roberta Nole, MA, PT, C.Ped at the PFA in Las Vegas for a one-of-a-kind Master Class opportunity!
This one-day program examines both the science and practice management of biomechanics and orthotics for all ages. It will include both lecture and hands on workshops that will cover the A-to-Z’s of running a successful foot orthotic program. The program will offer attendees an overview of the normal development of a child’s foot, normal and pathological foot biomechanics, how to classify pediatric and adult foot types, specialized content on pediatric biomechanical conditions, and marketing strategies on how to expand your orthotic and bracing program. Practitioners will be participating in a hands on biomechanics lab that will demonstrate how to classify and treat almost any type of foot.
This Course is Open to DPM, PT, OT, MD, CD, CPED, CO and all medical professionals interested in our lecture topics.
We have a busy spring show schedule, with several opportunities to come see us in action and try on our products for yourselves.
Come see us at: St. Vincent’s Wound Care Symposium, May 18, 2019 in Bridgeport CT ACFAP, May 30-June 1, 2019 in Gatlinburg, TN See Our Show Schedule
Don’t Miss Our ALL NEW Webinar Series 2019
Join us for our new series of 3 Biomechanical Webinars: •Pediatric Practice Pearls: Age specific orthotic protocols •Basic Biomechanics: The Four Steps to Foot Typing •Advanced Gait Analysis and Orthotic Design: How to become an Orthotic Expert