Tips on Wearing High Heels
Many women feel that they can’t live without them – but long-suffering feet often start to rebel after a long period in high heels! So if you can’t avoid the call of fashion, how can you wear your favourite skyscrapers without damaging your feet?
The key lies in good preparation and sensible measures to minimise foot problems. And it’s vital to recognise that high heels can, and do, cause foot problems if worn to excess, not to mention ankle sprains if a fall occurs! So without further ado, here are some of our top tips from the experts.
Don’t wear high heels all the time
High heels force your feet, ankles, calves and knees to adopt an unnatural posture and gait. Minimise the ill-effects by limiting your heel time and mixing up your wardrobe with flatter shoes, ideally with a very small heel and a comfortable fit. Invest in some proper orthopaedic shoes for maximum comfort points and remember to go barefoot when you can to allow your feet to flex and move in the way that they are meant to.
Check your sizing
Many women wear the wrong size shoe and don’t realise it. Your foot size can increase by up to one entire size, especially after having children. Have your feet professionally measured for length and width before you buy new shoes. This will rapidly improve your comfort levels.
Know your foot type
A podiatrist can assess your foot type and see whether you have high arched feet or flat feet for example. He or she can also check for bunions and any other problems that are likely to give you pain or to become exacerbated if you wear high heels.
Look for a thicker heel
Stilettos put incredible pressure and stress on a small area of your foot and they are naturally unstable. Thicker heels help to stabilise you and spread out the pressure on the ball of your feet. For even greater comfort, don’t forget the high wedge heel.
Similarly, thin soles will invariably lead to pain on the soles of your feet. Choose high heels that have a slight platform or a thicker heel to help counteract the pressure. A rubbery sole will offer some ‘bounce’.
Pack your flats
Pack a folding pair of ballet flats or a pair of trainers in your bag and wear them to and from your event if possible, to give your feet a break. Even better, if you can kick your heels off for a while as you wear them, you can stretch your feet, toes and ankles and give them a chance to recover.
Try gel inserts
Gel inserts or comfort insoles are well worth wearing if you can incorporate them into the style of your shoe. They will offer you some extra comfort and help to lessen the pressure on your feet.
Roll out and massage
At the end of the day, treat your feet to some R&R. Soak them in a foot bath with some relaxing salts, and then gently massage them. Do some stretching and flexing exercises and continue the massage effect with a rich foot cream.
These measures will help you to enjoy your high heels whilst minimising foot problems!