If you happen to stand for the whole day while wearing high heels, it could be stressful for your feet. In such circumstances you may need to take the following precautions to prevent foot pain as well as damage to your fabulous high heels. If you have foot pain at the end of the day you can very well relieve the foot pain after getting back home.
1 Keep your feet shoulder distance apart
Keeping your feet at shoulder distance apart provides comfort to your legs and especially your feet. This is the most stable and comfortable posture when you stand at ease. In this posture there will be minimal lateral pressure on your feet and high heels.
2 Balance the weight on both feet
The common mistake while standing, in high heels or otherwise, is to put more weight on one foot and then freeing up the other foot to relieve stress. This practice may not be much of a problem while wearing low heel shoes. But when you wear high heels, this would create severe pressure on one foot, which can give you long lasting pain. So avoid the temptation to stand on one foot while wearing high heels.
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3 Take a short walk every 20 minutes
Avoid standing in one position for more than 20 minutes. Take a short walk while still wearing the heels. This walk can last for 2-3 minutes. Walking will relieve the residual stress on your feet. Standing in heels in a stretch can cause stress in heel and ball of the foot. The short walk will relieve the stress on both the areas.
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4 Slightly bend your knees once in a while
Bending your knees slightly, in fact, takes off pressure from heel of the foot for that moment. This will give a relief to heel but the ball of the foot may be slightly more strained at that time. In order to relieve the pressure on the ball of the foot, you may need to sit for a few minutes of take of the shoes for a while and stand on level surface (refer point no. 7)
5 Limit the heel height to your ‘natural heel height’ or lesser
You can measure your natural heel height and wear heels of that height or lesser height. If you are standing for the whole day, better go for lesser heel height on that day.
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6 Wear flexible high heels
Flexible high heels shoes gives more flexibility to your feet. This will help you relieve stress from your feet whenever you wish. If the shoes are not flexible enough, even taking a walk may not relieve stress. This can aggravate foot pain and discomfort. It is better to wedge heels unless they are slip-on high heels sandals. Wedge heels are in general not flexible.
7 Take off the shoes and stand on plain surface for five minutes every hour
If the situation allows, you can take off your high heels and stand on plain horizontal surface for 5 minutes. This will relieve stress off the ball of your foot. Standing in high heels put lot of pressure on the ball of your foot, and this pressure increases as the heel height goes up. As mentioned above (in point no.4) you can relieve the stress on the heel of your foot by slightly bending your knees while standing. But taking the stress off the ball of your foot may need the removal of the shoes. We normally have temptation to pivot our shoes on the heels to relieve stress from ball of the foot. But pivoting the shoes on the heels may eventually damage the heel tip and the shoes may become unstable.
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8 Do some stretching for calf muscle and feet whenever you feel discomfort
If circumstances permit, you can do some simple stretching for your calf muscle and feet by wearing the shoes or taking them off. Stretching is easier if you can take the shoes off. But if the situation is not suitable for taking the shoes off, you can do it by wearing them as well. If you are doing it by wearing them, please take care not to damage the fabulous high heels.
9 Avoid stilettos
As we all know stilettos have narrow heels. They are much less stable than other types of high heels. When the shoes you are wearing are less stable they may cause lot of lateral pressure on your feet. Increased lateral pressure may cause foot pain when standing in those high heels for extended time period.
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10 Avoid ultra high heels
Ultra high heels shifts all the body weight to the ball of your foot. The ball of your foot may strain a lot in this case. If you are supposed to stand in high heels throughout the day, avoid ultra high heels at any cost.
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