High heels, we can’t possibly live on this world without them. Am I right, ladies? I mean, yes, a pair of sneakers are good, but no shoe will ever make you feel as great as a high heel does. It just simply make everything feel better. With high heels, we feel sexier, more feminine, more powerful, and it gives us confidence. But as the saying goes, “With great power comes great responsibility”… or in this case, “With great shoes comes great pain”, now that sounded a bit closer to the truth, didn’t it?
As much as we love wearing high heels, we also hate the fact that it leaves us in pain most of the time. Especially when we’ve been wearing them for the whole day. By the time we get home, we’re either blistered, limping, and most definitely sore. But what can we do? We can’t just simply skip the high heels and wear something much more comfortable. After all, wearing high heels is what makes us feel comfortable in our own skin.
First, let us take a look on why wearing our favorite pair of stilettos is so painful from a “health” perspective. The reason it causes us foot pain most of the time is that we wear a pair of shoes that are too tight on our feet, or confine its natural shape. Not only that, by wearing high-heeled shoes, you increase the weight on the area that is restricted. So do you see the problem? Not only are you squeezing your toes to the point that you almost crush them, you’re also putting weight on them.
The majority of the problems associated with wearing high heels are pretty common such as: corns, calluses and bunions. But wearing high heels for most of your life without proper precautions can lead to much more complex health issues that worsen with each passing year. If that’s the case for you, we suggest you see a podiatrist right away. But if your pain is still in the common category, we’ve got some tips and precautions you should take before and when wearing your beloved pair of stilettos.
- Try stretching exercises. By stretching, you do not only make your cardiovascular components healthier, you’re also taking one-step closer to better and stronger feet.
- Wear the right size! For the love of fashion gods, dear, make sure you buy the right size! Do not buy something that just looks fab, and then force it to fit your feet later on. Always fit in first before heading to the counter. Make sure it’s the right size! Remember: crushing and constricting are the main cause of foot aches.
- Go for platform. According to studies, platform heels are more comfortable than flat toed heels. I know what you’re thinking, “Trash alert!… Platforms, really?” But trust me, they’re better than sore feet. Plus you can always get the ones with a hidden platform. This also gives you better balance and distributes the weight more evenly.
- Use socks, or stockings. This way it prevents direct contact with your skin, and most likely lessens the friction that causes calluses. Or if you’re uncomfortable wearing these, you can always buy a friction prevention stick.
- Open toe shoes work best, too! It’s always better to wear a pair of heels with an opening on the toes, it’s more comfortable. It also gives your toe space and air. They work better than the closed ones or those pointy toed heels that force your toes to smash together.
- Use some cushion. Yes, those products on the ads work. Our advice is to go for the silicone metatarsal pads. They help with shock absorption and lessening the pain.
- Let your feet take a break. If you’re not constantly walking around or standing, then that’s better. If you do, however, take a break once in a while. Sit down, remove your shoes, let your feet breathe and massage the areas that are sore.
- Cut it down a bit. If it’s not a requirement at work to wear too high heels, then please do yourself a favor, sweetie, don’t wear ones that are too tall. Those kind of heels make you lose balance and force you to increase even more weight on your toes.
- Go for what’s comfortable for you. When buying a shoe, you must consider the context of comfort. If you’re just buying that one on the display rack because it caught your attention, don’t do it! Make sure you’re comfortable with what you’re wearing.
Stick to these tips and you’re sure to make it through your next black tie gala with your heels still on your feet not in your hand!