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If this isn’t the best fashion news ever, we don’t know what is.
From the start of time, women have known the perils of wearing a pair of heels. The pain in your toes and the balls of your feet, not to mention the heightened risk of tripping over or rolling an ankle makes heels a little bit dangerous. But as always, girls like a bit of danger and can’t seem to stay away from a bad boy, or in this case, a good looking pair of heels. If anything, we’re more attracted.
But while in this situation, our heart may be screaming yes when we look in the mirror, out feet are often screaming a huge hell no. Some of the best looking shoes can cause the most pain, but the love and search for the perfect pair of heels will always trump what our feet are saying to us.
This means that we may be suffering from bunions, corns and callouses to even more serious issues like hammertoes. If you’re yet to suffer from any of the above, we doubt you’ve avoided the seriously excruciating pain that comes from blisters that sit in the ball of your foot for days after your long night out.
While doctors give the fair warning about what heels do to your feet, they know women love a good stiletto and so add pre-cautions like picking up on foot issues early and treating problems early on. After all, a little high heel pain never deterred a girl, did it?
Snapping up products like extra gel cushioning for the ball of your foot and the back of your ankle can often help to counteract pain caused from heels, but that also comes down to ensuring that you are buying the right size and shape heel for your foot. Prolonged heel wearing can also shorten the achilles tendon, which is definitely not good, so you should always make sure to stretch out the calves and ankles.
Open toe heels are also recommended over closed toe heels as they can relieve pressure on corns and callouses that are affecting the feet. If that’s not a reason to grab yourself a pedicure every fortnight, I don’t know what is!
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Do you often find yourself lusting after a pair of high heels, but hesitate to buy them because they’re just too steep? Now, we’re not suggesting you should strictly stick to kitten heels, but there are a few ways to look confident whilst walking in those 5-inch shoes (with or without a platform).
Heel to toe
Make sure all of your weight is sitting on the heel of your foot. This makes everything feel much more comfortable, especially if you’re wearing heels for prolonged periods of time (without a chance to sit down!).
Sometimes buying online seems mighty tempting, especially if there’s a sale and you can’t be bothered trolling through the racks for your size. Despite this, make sure you’re actually buying the correct size for your foot – otherwise walking in high heels could be a nightmare.
Take into account the style of the shoe – whether it’s a boot, wedge, or even an open-toed sandal. If they just don’t feel right, take them back. It’s probably worth the extra cash if you’re shipping it back.
Take it slow
The only way to really learn how to walk in heels is to take it one step at a time. Start on a surface such as a rug or even carpet, since it’s actually more stable. Put on your heels, and give them a trial run around the house for about half an hour. This means that you’ll also be breaking them in, so they will be much easier to walk in later on.
Most stiletto heels are actually really uncomfortable – this is just a general fact of life, unfortunately! Your toes will probably be slipping through the front and all the pressure is pretty much on the arch of your foot. To take the stress out of your arch, use a gel pad and apply it over this section of the shoe. Not only will it keep your foot in place, but will help you shift your weight to the heels instead.
What are some of your tips for walking in heels? Share with us (and enable our shopping addiction) in the comments below.
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Did Carrie Bradshaw, in TV’s Sex and the City, have bunions, degenerative joint growth and significant foot pain from chasing men, taxis and even dogs in her six-inch high heels? Forget Big Vs Aidan, this is the real unanswered question about that much-loved series, I tell you ladies! And if some of the most important men in your life bear the names Manolo, Jimmy and Christian – that’s shoe gods Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin respectively, of course – then chances are you love your high heels with a passion, too.
I spent my entire 20s and 30s teetering around in spike and stiletto heels and I’m paying the price now, with an unsightly bunion and corn on one foot – gross, I know! And while I’m so passionate about heels I have no regrets, there are steps you can take to try to prevent your love of high-fashion shoes from damaging your feet. It’s no surprise that my podiatrist – who wishes to remain anonymous, bless him (I strongly suspect it’s to protect himself from heel-loving ladies) – is no fan of high heels.
After a long and tedious lecture about how high heel abuse can aggravate bunions and cause corns and calluses, Mr Podiatrist dished the dirt on how Shesaid.com readers can wear their heels, but still maintain happy feet:
- See a podiatrist regularly to keep feet in top condition. Mr Podiatrist and his ilk will handily professionally remove corns and calluses.
- Combat bottom-of-the-foot pain by wearing heavily padded insoles. They act as a buffer between your foot and the ground.
- Give your poor tootsies a break and wear flats and sneakers as well as your beloved heels.
- Stretch like a runner to avoid Achilles’ tendon and calf pain.
- Wear the right size heel and spend the money to get well-fitting ones. Look for heels with a snug, but not too tight fit.
- Avoid wearing stilettos all the time – thicker heels are more stable and foot-friendly.
- Wear open-toe high heels to relieve pressure on corns and calluses.
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