Tips to relieve high heel pain & discomfort Part 1

December 12, 2008 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - High heel tips and suggestions

Hello friends. The holidays are getting closer and closer and with this brings office parties, shopping and family gatherings. In short a lot more time wearing heels than normal. Everyone knows that wearing high heels can cause issues with your feet, but not everyone knows that very simple steps can help decrease the chances of damaging your feet and legs due to long term wearing of these types of shoes. I thought I would put together a short and to the point list of the most common issues associated with the wearing of high heels and simple things you can do to help prevent damage due to long term wearing of high heels and also relieve some of the pain of wearing such shoes. As this would make a very long post, I have decided to break this down into multiple posts.

1. Most women after wearing high heels all day just want to come home and kick them off due to the balls of their feet hurting. To relieve this some have turned to a Botox treatment that is geared towards injecting the balls of one’s foot with Botox to create a padding. This padding will help cushion the foot when walking or standing. Although this does help, there is another way of doing the same thing. Instead of the Botox treatment we recommend using an invisible gel pad that is put out by Dr. Scholl’s. This simple gel filled pad does the same thing as the Botox treatment but costs much less.

2. Wear shoes that fit! Believe it or not most women do not do this. Although high heels have a snug fit they should not be too tight. If you know you’re going to be on your feet all day or will be doing a lot of dancing we recommend wearing a sandal or a round toe pump as these tend to give your toes more room. Real pointy toe heels may look sexy but they also tend to squeeze your toes together causing pain. This pain increases throughout the day as the shoes stretch and your foot slides down deeper into the shoe.
Sandals themselves have their own issue as most women do not buy a sandal that fits properly. Most women when wearing sandals tend to have a strap that crosses just in front of the baby toe. This is also commonly seen on shoes that have an open toe with a solid vamp the covers the top of the foot. Sandals, if fitted properly, should expose all the toes and any straps or vamp should lay just behind the toe nail of the baby toe.

3. Do not wear a heel that is too high for you! Wearing high heels that are too high can cause back strain. It can also cause you to walk in an unorthodox manner making it much easier for you fall. There is a simple method we use to determine a persons max heel height, which is as follows. Stand facing a wall. Now rise up onto your toes as high as you can while keeping your knees straight. Use the wall to help balance you. Now have a friend measure the distance from the bottom of your heel to the floor. This is what we call your max heel height. Staying within this height we have found people being able to walk much easier with better posture and overall comfort. If you wish to wear heels higher than your max heel height, then we highly recommend a platform to achieve this.



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