8 Expert Tips To Prevent Your High Heels From Ever Causing You Pain
High heels, can we girls live without them? Of course not but can we ditch high heels pain forever? Yes yes, of course we can.
Heels are great and the perfect fit for nearly all kinds of outfit but can be frustrating when after dressing to slay at your night out, your feet start groaning in pain and you have to leave the party earlier than planned.
Definitely, every woman who’s a shoe lover would have asked the century-old question at one point in her life: how in heavens do I put on high heels and enjoy a pain-free walk? Will we always have to smile and endure just because we want to look and feel fabulous? Fortunately enough, it’s very much possible to wear an awesome pair of skyscraper shoes and feel no pain at all.
We had a conversation with Dr. Catherine Moyer, a podiatry expert, about how we can keep wearing stylish shoes and enjoy a pain-free feet, she gave us these eight tips:
- Make sure the shoe you’re wearing is the right size
Wearing the wrong shoe size is the most common mistake that women make. The size of your foot changes with the passage of years, especially after you put to bed. The change can add a whole extra one inch, so be sure to measure your feet yearly, go get your feet sized if you’ve never done so before. Your feet should be sized for length and for width whenever you are buying shoes. Many people who think they are a wide will later discover it’s the other way round after having their feet sized.
- Know your foot type
If you ask me, I’ll say a podiatrist is the one in the best position to educate you on your foot type. Anyway, if heading out to see a podiatrist is stressful for you, there’s a simple method for you to find out if you have a high-arch or a flat foot. Get a construction paper and place your wet foot on it. The impression you make will let you know how flat your foot is or or how much of a high-arch it has. You can know why a person is having pain by looking at their foot type.
- Thicker heels are much better
Turn the other way when you come across stilettos. Your foot are never steady within them. Of course, there are certain occasions that demand for a particular kind of dress that you can’t wear with any other shoe but a stiletto. Wear a stiletto then but don’t make stilettos your everyday wear. Once in a while, put on chunkier heels.
- Opt for platforms over thin soles every time
When you wear thin soles, pain at the sole of your foot is inevitable. Platforms or chunkier heels balances the pressure of walking. When it comes to pressure, a material made of rubber is more absorbent.
- Take Breaks
Remember to pull off your shoes and stretch your toes and ankles all through the day.
- After pulling off your shoes, stretch your feet
You should do stretches that focus on the ankle and front of the foot. Point your toes downwards and use a strap to pull them up so you can reach the calf muscles and the Achilles’ tendon. To reach the instep and the outer part of the foot, stretch your feet side to side.
- Wear shoes with better coverage at the top
When there’s more coverage at the upper top of your shoe, you’ll feel very little or no pain. If you wear high-heeled boots, you will notice that they rarely ever disturb your feet even if you wear them throughout the day. Try putting on something that has a large strap over the top or an ankle strap during the summer. You may want to stick to shoes with more coverage at the top if you’re susceptible to friction and blisters.
- Those shoe inserts sold over the counter do help
Those foot pad balls or metatarsal, as they are called, that are marketed over the counter for high heels are really worth trying. These oval-shaped pads made out of a silicone gel are to be placed behind the sole of the foot to prevent soreness. It will also keep your feet from wobbling too much, as it is made of silicone, making your toes stay protected from blisters and friction.