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Foot Fetishism     

Foot Fetishism is also known as foot partialism, foot worship or podophilia. It is a distinct sexual interest in feet. It belongs to the category of fetishism, a paraphilia in which sexual interest typically centers feet. Paraphilias are a group of persistent sexual behavior patterns in which unusual objects, rituals or situations are required for sexual satisfaction. Although mild forms of these conditions probably have occurred in the lives of many normal people, a paraphilic person is distinguished by the insistence and relative exclusivity with which his or her sexuality focuses on the acts or objects in question without which orgasm is often impossible.

In foot fetishism, feet are the most common form of sexual preference. It can also be considered a moderate form of erotic humiliation depending on the circumstances in which it is performed. The mode of using the feet to achieve sexual excitation and gratification varies considerably, but it commonly involves kissing, fondling, tasting or smelling them. Fetishism does not normally interfere with the rights of others, except in an incidental way such as asking the partner to expose the feet during sexual encounters.

Some of the celebrity foot fetishists include Brooke Burke, Elvis Presley, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tommy Lee, Ludacris, Ricky Martin, Jack Black, Pharrell Williams, Casanova, Christian Slater, Charles Pierre Baudelaire, Thomas Hardy, Enrique Iglesias and Simon Webbe.

Relationship with health and disease:

As per research, foot fetishism may increase as a response to epidemics of sexually transmitted diseased. According to a study, there was an increase in foot fetishism during the great gonorrhea epidemic of the 12 century in Europe. A notable increase has been observed in the current phase of AIDS epidemic.

Treatment:

One of the most prominent problems in the treatment of this disorder is that most foot fetishists do not seek professional treatment for the condition, but rather receive it only when they have been caught in the act or on request of their sexual partner. Thus, their motivations for change may often stem from a desire to do it for someone else rather than from a genuine desire to change.

Treatments that combine cognitive and behavioral elements have been moderately successful in effecting changes in deviant arousal and behavior patterns of fetishists. Moreover, there is increasing evidence that these treatments can result in significantly reduced rates of recidivism than seen in untreated individuals.

Another key component of treatment involves techniques commonly known as aversion therapy— aversive conditioning to deviant sexual fantasies. Although early treatments tended to use electric shock as the unconditioned stimulus, in the past 15 years greater success has been found using assisted covert sensitization which involves having the patient imagine a deviant sexual arousal scene. At the point where arousal is high, the patient imagines aversive consequences and a foul odor is introduced via an open vial or an automated odor pump to help condition a real aversion to these deviant scenes.

 
 

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