We love the feeling we get when we find the perfect pair of heels to complete an outfit. However, many of us refuse to admit how those high heels will affect our bodies in the long run. A survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association showed some 42% of women admitted they’d wear a shoe they liked even if it gave them discomfort; 73% admitted already having a shoe-related foot issue.
Keep these guidelines in mind when choosing a pair of heels:
If the ball of your foot causes you pain invest in a high quality insert to properly cushion your foot. This will help with shock absorption for those of us who walk a fair amount in our heels on city sidewalks and other rough surfaces.
Don’t buy them if they don’t fit right! If your heels cause your feet to slide to the front and leave a gap behind your heel then your shoes don’t fit correctly. Opt for ones that are snug but not tight.
Skinny heels can look great, but a thicker heel is best for stability therefore distributing your weight more evenly. Also look for heels that provide a gradual slope to alleviate pressure
Can’t seem to give up your love of high heels? These foot exercises and stretches are the best and easiest way to circumvent some of the damage that is being inflicted by daily wear:
Toe raise, toe point, toe curl exercise:
Hold each position for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times, We recommend these for people with hammer toes or toe cramp.
Toe Squeeze exercise:
Place small corks between your toes and squeeze for 5 seconds. Repeat 10 times. This is a good exercise if you have hammer toes or toe cramps.
Big toe pulls exercise:
Place a thick rubber band around both big toes and pull them away from each other toward the smaller toes. Hold for 5 seconds, repeat 10 times.
The golf ball roll exercise:
Roll a golf ball under the ball of your foot for 2 minutes. This is a great massage for the bottom of the foot and good for people with plantar fasciitis (heel pain syndrome), cramps or arch strain.
Toe Pulls exercise:
Put a thick rubber band around all of your toes and spread them. Hold 5 seconds and repeat 10 times.
Foot exercise and stretches courtesy of ComfortShoe.com More stretches can be found here.