For many women, shunning high heels and sticking to comfortable, podiatrist-approved footwear is not an option. Heels have become part of what is considered a polished and finished look.
If you’re attending an event, networking, interviewing for a job, or getting married, heels, event modestly high ones, are not only the norm, they are expected. It makes appropriate foot care challenging, but not impossible.
If you are the type who has to wear heels more than two days out of the week, below are a few tips to wear your shoes safely, and for the most part, comfortably.
Know Your Foot
Knowing the size and shape of your foot is very important. Some people go their entire lives wearing shoes in the same size without considering that their feet may have grown as they’ve aged (hint: they do). Some people even have different-sized feet.
Whether you have high arches, uneven or flat feet, knowing the way your foot is shaped is very important. It will help you identify the right shoes for your feet, and what type of heels to go for. Visit a podiatrist to know your foot shape, and what kind of shoes are recommended for your feet.
Know Your Heel
The amount of pressure heels will add to your foot is completely dependent on how the heel is made. A heel with less surface area like a stiletto with a thin sole will be more uncomfortable than a thicker heel with a platform sole.
If you can, go for the heel that gives you more surface area, including area that covers the top of your foot, as it will help keep you from wobbling on your feet. If you can’t, then:
Know Your Limits
Take breaks, stretch your ankles and feet. Numbness is a surefire cue that your feet need a break. Don’t grin and break through the pain. Instead, bring a cute pair of flats along with you, and the moment the coast is clear, put them on and enjoy being on your feet.
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