Women know that their high heels can leave their feet feeling uncomfortable, but this is seen as a small price to pay to pull off the sleek and stylish look of a nice pair of pumps.
However, science shows that high heels cause more than just minor discomfort – they can also cause long-term problems for your feet.
The list of potential problems here includes ingrown toenails, nerve damage, bunions, and even serious damage to the tendons in your leg. This is because the heels will make your foot slide forward, crunching the toes into an unnatural position and improperly shifting your body’s weight. Additionally the food is left in an unnatural slant for an extended period of time, making your weight unevenly dispersed throughout your feet when you walk.
These factors will impact more than just your feet and legs. The improper weight positioning can also throw off your posture, adding unneeded strain to your lower back, knees, and hips. Your Achilles tendon can also become shortened and tightened due to excessive wearing of the pumps.
One of the best ways to avoid damage to your lower body and posture is by minimizing the time you wear high heels. However, we know that sometimes wearing heels can’t be avoided. To reduce the risk of injury, try the following tips:
Ensure your heels fit right
A properly fitted pair of heels shouldn’t force your foot to slide down them. These improperly fitting heels will result in a gap emerging behind your heel – a big warning sign that the shoes aren’t the right match for your feet.
Avoid massively high heels
Avoid high stiletto heels. Instead, go with a low heel of about an inch or two that also has a wide heel base. These heels will ensure that your weight is distributed more evenly in the shoe.
Remember, when it comes to heels, the thicker the heel, the more support they give your foot. And lower heels also have less of a harsh incline for your foot, which relives pressure from the balls of your feet.
Try inserting shoe padding
Add some cushioning to your heels to make them better for your body. Your options here include a full shoe cushion, or a silicone metatarsal pad that will help the shoe absorb shock. Talk to Dynamic Physio for your best options!
Open toe over closed
Open toed heels actually come with some health benefits over closed toe heels. An open toed heels will reduce the pressure on your toes, and better protect calluses and corns.