No matter how much awareness has been created to warn women on the cost of wearing high heels especially as it relates to the body, heels still form a major part of most women’s footwear collection. It is almost impossible to do without them! Fashion trends dictates that a particular outfit must have some heels to go with it in order to be considered ‘appropriate’. In fact, showing up at some kind of events wearing flats may be considered almost ‘offensive’ – unless you are visibly medically impaired! These societal expectations makes it difficult for women to ignore heels altogether. Here are some tips to reduce the effects of wearing high heels.
Get the best fit
Have you ever fallen in love with a pair of shoes only to try them on and realize they are too tight or not the right fit? Most times, we convince ourselves that we can manage it, that the shoe will expand with time. The sales person may even tell us an adjustment can be made by a local cobbler. Lol We believe them because we love the shoes. Right? Wrong. Getting the right fit shoes helps to maintain just enough balance to avoid your feet sliding forward and increasing the pressure on your toes and the balls of your feet. To get the right fit, you need to understand your foot type and pay attention to the changes in your feet as you grow older.
Cushion the Balls of your Feet
Provide the balls of your feet with some extra padding by opting for heels with platforms. Heels with thin soles increases the strain on the balls of your feet with too little or no cushion to support your weight. When you will be wearing high heels with thin soles or you will be standing in your heels for long periods of time, invest in silicone metatarsal pads or a rubbery material to provide the extra cushion you need.
The thicker the heel, the better
Avoid stilettos. The thin heel causes your feet to wobble thereby increasing the strain around your ankles and knees. Reduce stiletto heels to a few occasions and invest more on block heels and wedges. Thicker heels support a more even weight distribution.
Reduce Heel Length
The higher the heel the less even the weight distribution and the more pressure on your back, joints and feet. Lower heels will provide the swing and lift required to make that fashion statement while contributing a lot lesser damage than its higher counterparts. Alternating your heel lengths will also help with reducing the effect of Achilles tendons.
Take Breaks to Stretch your Feet
Kick off your shoes at intervals in the day and stretch your feet, calves and toes. Avoid wearing high heels all day.
Try Shoes with more Top Coverage
Shoes with more coverage at the top provides a firmer hold and better support of your feet.
While these tips will not totally eliminate the effect of high heels on your body, it will go a long way to reduce the damage.