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How to Avoid Pain While Wearing High Heels

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Pain from high heelsThe best heels, if you want to wear them at all, are low heels—2 inches or shorter. However, as realists, we know that high heels are nowhere close to being on the way out of the fashion scene just yet. There will likely still be pairs that call to you for that perfect occasion or perfect fashion match. If you are committed to such pairs, here are some tips to reduce your risks of foot pain.

Seek a Proper Fit – Heels should not cause your foot to slide forward. Enough pressure is already being placed on the balls of your feet and toes from the angle of the shoe; you don’t need the forces of your feet cramming forward on top of that each time you take a step. Look for a fit that’s snug, but not tight or pinching.

Stop with Stilettos—The thicker the heel itself, the more stability and weight distribution your feet will receive. Pinpoint heels are begging for soreness at best and an ankle sprain at worst. Either way, make sure the heel is positioned beneath the heel bone and not just at the back of the foot.

Cushion Yourself – Soft, gel-filled inserts will place more padding between your foot and the forces playing against it. These can take some of the pressure off the balls of your feet.

Treat Your Feet Afterward—If a pair of high heels has left your feet aching after a night out, place them in a cool bath for about 15 minutes to reduce the swelling. Applying some lotion or foot cream afterward can help avoid cracking and dryness.

Overall, be wise with your shoe choices. That extreme pair of heels might be fun for a night, but many, many similar nights can add up to chronic foot pain in the long run. For help determining the best kinds of shoes for your feet or help with any pain or problems you may be facing, call Martin Foot and Ankle at (717) 757-3537. We have locations in Hanover, Lancaster, Lititz and York ready to serve you.
Dr. Bronwyn Wilke
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