Wearing Heels the Healthy Way

While wearing high heels may look great, they won’t feel great after a while. Ever wonder why after even an hour your feet start to cramp and feel sore, you may walk slower, or a little more awkwardly? When you wear high heels, your weight gets shifted to the balls of your feet. Your knees get pushed forward and your back extends more than usual. In a way, it’s like your body is contorting to find a balance which leads to back, hip, and foot pain. 

We all know the saying, “no pain, no gain;” however, there are some things one can do to not take that phrase too literally and still enjoy both some elevation and fashion. When shopping for heels or just going through your closet, try to look for a shoe with a heel no higher than 3 inches. The higher the elevation of a heel, the more your body will extend, leading to problems like hammertoe, tendonitis, or a twisted ankle. Heels that offer arch support are ideal and, if you can, opt for a wedge or platform style. 

When you have a moment to sit, take your shoes off and roll something firm underneath them. You can also stretch your foot in preparation for walking again by sliding a book under your foot, placing your toes on top with your heels on the floor, and curling your toes around the book to stretch the muscles. This exercise can help you increase your body's ability to walk in higher heels as well. When you get home from a day's work, give yourself a foot massage. If you aren’t ready to ditch all your heels, vary the heights throughout the week. Heading to work for the day? Consider opting for a flatter shoe to make your commute easier. Most importantly, if your shoe doesn’t fit, it’s time to say goodbye. 

If you are experiencing foot problems due to your footwear and have concerns, reach out to Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers in any of our three locations in Macomb County: St. Clair Shores, Warren, and Macomb. Call 586-779-6140 and make an appointment with Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM or Adam Thompson, DPM.

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