Toeing The Line: Why Foot Fetishism Is So Popular

If you’re old enough to remember a topless Fergie’s 1992 toe-sucking Texan scandal in St-Tropez – while the Duchess of York was still married to Prince Andrew – you’ll recall the somewhat cringe-worthy tabloid photos of said hot foot lovin’.

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The photos, which showed American financial manager John Bryan with a mouth full of one of Fergster’s feet while they holidays and canoodled by the pool in full view of the world (and Fergie and Andrew’s toddler daughters) in southern France, were first splashed across British tabloids.

And the Queen was not amused – the Duchess is said to have been at Balmoral with the rest of the royal family when the story broke, with Her Majesty effectively banishing Fergie from the royal household henceforth.

Whether this was due to the Duchess’ refusal to toe the line (pardon the pun) or the royals’ horror at the said foot fetishism, I guess we’ll never know, but public toe-sucking has arguably suffered a tarnished public image ever since.

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However, fast forward some 20 plus years and foot fetishism (er, arguably best celebrated in the privacy of your own home) is seemingly now so popular, it’s virtually cool. However, it does seem to be more popular among men.

Famous foot fetishists who’ve gone on the record of late include perennial-cool singer/songwriter Pharrell Williams, actor Jack Black, singer Ricky Martin and director Quentin Tarantino.

What’s more, Elvis himself is arguably one of the best known foot fetishists, with a well-documented obsession, allegedly as a result of having to massage his mother’s feet as a child – shudder. There’s some serious Oedipus complex going on there! And The King’s handlers are even said to have screened the rock’n’roll icon’s female love interests on the basis of their feet attractiveness, er as you do.

While foot fetishism is nothing new – indeed, it’s the most common form of sexual fetish related to the body – it’s certainly not something I’d personally encountered prior to the advent of social media. You see, I recently joined Instagram and wow, what an eye-opener it was for me when I recently innocently posted several random pictures of my feet post-pedicure, one of my favourite beauty indulgences.

A recent such pic I posted got a lot of attention from said foot fetishists in Insta-land: countless pervy comments and requests this time to both share and repost said pic to others in the foot-worshipping community. In addition, it gained me no less than nine new foot fetishist followers?! What rock had I been living under? Was foot fetishism really that much of a thing? Apparently so!

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Foot worship, or podophilia, is a pronounced sexual interest in feet. For a foot fetishist, attractive traits include the shape and size of the foot and toes; foot jewellery, such as toe rings and ankle bracelets; treatments, such as pedicures or massaging; state of dress, such as barefoot and/or thongs; odour, and/or sensory interaction such as smelling, licking, kissing, tickling and biting the foot.

As we all know, it takes a lot of different types to make the world go ‘round and if feet (mine included) blow your hair back, I say go for it, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone.

The hilarious part for me though, and I mean no disrespect to said foot fetishists, is that my feet are my least favourite body part; indeed my right foot has been damaged beyond repair by years of high-heel abuse. I’ve even got a small bunion, for God’s sake! Are bunions hot?!

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Sydney sexologist, Dr Michelle Mars (pictured), who specialises in the sociology of sex gender and sexual well-being, says foot fetishism is so popular, in part, because feet are fairly non-offensive.

“One reason we hear about foot fetishes so much is that as far as fetishes go they are quite vanilla; it’s okay to admit you have a foot fetish in comparison to BDSM [bondage and discipline, domination and submission, sadism and masochism] or being into golden showers, for example,” Dr Mars says.

“It can be a submissive act for men and they can enact that without going too far down the submissive path and compromising their masculinity.

“Feet are accessible. There are lots of options, toes, shoes, stockings… And the options are often elegant.

“In addition, feet are an area of the body with lots of nerve endings!”

And while feet aren’t my thing, shoes are another story altogether…

What do you think? Have you ever encountered foot fetishism in a partner?

Images, in order, via www.popsugar.com; theurbanrooms.co.uk; topnailideas.com and supplied.

Ugly Celebrity Feet And How To Avoid Them

Celebrities have cameras snapping everywhere they go, so it’s understandable when they are having a bad hair day, they get snapped. But what about bad foot days? Some celebs have been listed as having ugly feet, when the fact is; their feet aren’t all that bad. Some have ultra common conditions that are readily treatable, while others have more serious conditions. This article takes a closer look at celebrity foot problems and how they can be eradicated.

Starting with Jennifer Aniston and Sarah Jessica Parker; their feet can be as gorgeous as the rest of them. These photos were probably taken after they had been on their feet for a prolonged amount of time. To reduce this look, especially if you can’t sit down; head to the bathroom to do a simple exercise. Take off your shoes and repeatedly stand on your toes and return the entire foot to the ground, about 20-30 times. It won’t take long. This exercise with assist circulation, which will reduce the veins protruding out of the foot.

Liz Hurley is another beauty with treatable feet. They have been photographed while they are exceptionally dry and cracked. This is usually most prominent around the heels and webbing of the toes. Plenty of people have this condition and it can be easily repaired.

Cracked feet can indicate other things outside the absence of moisture. There appears to be many causes, including; lack of attention to general foot care, fungal or skin conditions, prolonged standing, being overweight, ageing, poor fitting shoes, excessive exposure to water, climate or deficiency of vitamins and minerals, such as zinc and omega-3 fatty acids.

As the cause varies significantly, so do treatment options. Home remedies include; applying oil to the feet after washing and placing them in a pair of thick socks. If you can do this for several nights before you go to bed and leave them on overnight, any moisture problems should be corrected. You can also try remedies which use ripe bananas, avocado, coconut oil, lemon juice, glycerin, rosewater or melted paraffin wax mixed with mustard oil.

Aids from the pharmacy or supermarket can also be effective. These include; moisturiser and repair creams or using an ex-foliating scrub brush, to rid the area of dead skin and make way for rejuvenation. Improving vitamin and mineral intake by ingesting more calcium, iron and vitamin E, will be beneficial, not only for the improvement of your feet, but overall health.

These celebs have more serious foot issues. Victoria Beckham is a fashion diva and detests wearing flat shoes, so, she suffered significantly in heels. Oprah on the other hand, has worn flats to accommodate her condition. These ladies have bunions which are hereditary, plus made worse by incorrect footwear. There are several ways to treat bunions and the final resort is a bunionectomy, which was Victoria’s finally option.

Oprah has yet to have surgery and would possibly have tried other treatments, such as; walking barefoot whenever possible, avoiding high heels or tight shoes, wearing bunion pads, splints or shoe inserts, trying foot exercises or soaking the feet in warm water. The aim is to reduce the swelling and pain. Sometimes the treatments can reduce the size of the bunion and actually heal it without surgery.

Lastly, it is important to remember that some problems are structural, while others are indicative of further health issues. If you feel that you may have a problem with your feet, it is important to seek medical advice from a GP, who can refer you to podiatrists or other health care professionals.

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