The practice was banned in the early 1900s. Are there any practices here in America, past or present, that are similar?
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Top image: Sitting in her home, a traditional courtyard house, Wang Guifeng, 79, shows her uncovered bound foot. She had her feet bound when only a small child and is renowned for having the most beautiful lotus feet in the village. In the bottom image, she wraps her feet which acts like a support and keeps them in shape. The practice often results in lifelong disabilities for women with bound feet.