Women know high heels are not good for their feet, and they don’t deny that they’re uncomfortable. But women will continue to wear high heels and you can mark it up to the price of beauty.
The truth is, feet are not made to wear heels. And you may be underestimating the damage that high heels can cause, beyond just having sore feet.
Not surprisingly, doctors of podiatric medicine (foot doctors) see no value in high heels, which they generally define as pumps with heels of more than two inches.
High heels are “biomechanically and orthopedically unsound,” according to the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Common ailments from wearing high heels include calluses and heel pain, bunions, hammertoes, nerve problems that cause shooting pain into the toes, ingrown toenails and even stress fractures.
Women also complain about such conditions as bunions, hammertoes, nerve problems that cause shooting pain into the toes; ingrown toenails; and even stress fractures.
Nail problems also are common from the constant pressure of toes being pressed against the end of the shoe. That can cause the nail to thicken and promote the growth of foul-smelling fungus. Plus, if a person has curved toenails, it can induce or exacerbate painful in-grown nails.
If you simply must wear high heels, then limit the time you wear them. Alternate between high heel and low heel shoes to prevent the Achilles tendon from tightening. Wearing flatter shoes or tennis shoes for walking long distances, such as to and from the office and then changing into your heels once you get to work. Use heels with a quality insole designed to provide cushioning and arch support to maintain proper alignment and balance.
Shop for shoes at the end of the day to accommodate the foot’s normal swelling.
Give your feet a nice massage or soak them in lukewarm water at the end of the day.
If you want to want to be good to your feet, then consider following the American Podiatric Medical Association’s recommendation – a walking shoe with ties (not a slip-on) worn with a quality insole such as the Superfeet EZ Fit High Heel Arch Supportsor the Apara Line of High Heel Gel Inserts.
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