Women have been wearing high heels since the 16th century. While styles have changed over the years, one thing has remained the same — elevated footwear takes a toll on your feet. In preparation for those lovely red stilettos that you plan on wearing for Valentine’s Day, here are some tips on how you can take care of your feet and avoid a trip to the podiatrist.
How Heels Affect Your Feet
No matter the height or quality of your favorite shoes, the higher posture shifts your weight to the ball of your foot and places pressure on your toes. Over time, you may develop conditions that should be evaluated by a podiatrist.
- Hammer toes
- Ingrown toenails
- Shortened Achilles tendon
- Pinched nerves
- Heel pain
- Sprained ankle
- Heel spurs
- Stress fractures
- Pain in the bottom of the foot
- Thinning of the fat pad
Pamper Your Feet This Valentine’s
Whether you wear heels occasionally or every day, take time to pamper your feet. The best way to do this is to only wear shoes that are in good shape and that fit properly. Platforms and wedges are better than shoes with thin heels, and these types of shoes provide a more solid foundation for balancing and walking. Switch between flats and heels throughout the week, and wear comfortable sneakers as you drive to work. At the end of the day, give your feet a gentle massage and stretch your calf muscles. You might even want to try a relaxing foot soak once or twice a week.
Listen to Your Feet
If your feet are telling you that it’s time to take a break from heels, try out some new fashions. You can find many options for business wear, a night out and special occasions that are easier on your feet. Continuing to wear heels even for short periods of time may cause problems that need the attention of a podiatrist.
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