High heels enhances your style quotient multiple times in no time. However, if you are wearing heels on a regular basis it can lead to foot pain and other problems. If you are wearing ultra high heels even one day, it may lead to foot pain. So do you need to go back to flat shoes to prevent foot pain? No, the good news is – you don’t need to give-up high heels altogether to prevent foot pain. Only thing is that you need to choose some foot friendly high heels. Read below some of the guidelines you may keep in mind while choosing high heels while stepping out.
1 Wear right size high heels
Wearing the high heels of right size is the single most important step to prevent foot pain. If you are wearing a wrong size it can even affect your walking and posture as well. Wrong size heels can cause injury and may be even long term damage to your feet. So always resist to temptation to buy wrong size high heels however fashionable they may be!
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2 Be within your ‘natural’ heel height
Your feet has a ‘natural’ or optimal heel height. Everybody cannot be comfortable in all heel heights. Somebody may be really comfortable in 4″ heels, at the same time some others may not be able to tolerate beyond 2″ heels. This is because natural or optimal heel height is different for different individuals. You can also find out your ideal heel height for different occasions and wear heels accordingly.
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3 Go for wider toe box
If you wear closed-toe high heels all the time, it is better to go for wider toe box. Pointed toe shoes will force your toes to be cramped in a narrow space causing toe deformity and other problems, apart from causing foot pain. Wider toe area, inside the shoe, will provide enough leeway for your toes to wiggle freely while wearing the heels.
4 Prefer open-toe heels
Open-toe high heels would give more wiggling space for your toes. This will help you prevent foot pain and reduce possibility for toe deformity. Open toe heels will also give more air contact for your toes and help reduce sweating of your toes. Lesser sweating of toes will reduce the chances of bad odour being developed inside the shoe.
5 Choose thicker (chunky) heels
6 Buy shoes with good arch support
Arch of foot has different shapes in different people. Some have high arch foot and some others have low arch. If the high heels you are wearing has not enough arch support, the foot arch can drop and can cause foot pain. Because of the varying arch shape, a pair of heels which gives good arch support for some one else may not provide your arch the same kind of support.
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7 Use foot pads for extra cushioning
Foot pads are cushioning pads which you can insert in your shoe and can support your feet. The foot pads are mainly available for the ball of your foot because you are effectively walking on the ball of your foot (and toes) when in high heels.
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8 Go for more coverage on top
Go for high heels which has better coverage on top. Ankle boots is a very good example for such high heels. Better coverage on top gives more control over your shoes. This will prevent excessive strain in any specific part of your feet.
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9 Stretch your feet and calves regularly
Stretching your feet and calves on a regular basis is very good to prevent foot pain when in heels. It can even help you relieve foot pain if you are already suffering from foot pain due to high heels. Your calves need stretching on a regular basis to prevent shortening of Achilles tendon, if you are wearing high heels regularly.
10 Prefer platform heels
Platform high heels would give you enough height and at the same time will not put your feet at a high angle slope. If the slope of your high heels is more than the natural incline of your foot, it will cause foot pain sooner than later. The slope of the high heels can be reduced, of course without reducing the heel height, by using toe platform. So you will feel more comfortable in platform heels than on regular stilettos of same height. And it will give you lesser or no foot pain.
11 Wear wedge heels
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12 Go for different heel height on different days
It is a good practice when wearing heels to step on heels of different height on different days. This will give a good relief for Achilles tendon (calf muscle) and also reduce the chances of developing foot pain. You can also wear flat shoes on one or two days in a week, if you choose to.
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