Tips for High Heels
1. Stretch your calves – before and after prolonged time in high heels. The image of the 1950’s house wife vacuuming in high heels should be a thing of the past! Prolonged use of heels can shorten your leg muscles and lead to chronic bio-mechanical issues.
2. Consider a wedge, instead of a stiletto. This increases the contact with your foot on a supportive surface and reduces forefoot impact.
3. The more straps the better! Consider a T-bar heel or criss-cross fastening. This will contain the movement in your foot and give you better stability.
4. Avoid thin soled shoes. Consider a platform shoe and maximize cushion. Pharmacy products such as “Party Feet” can adhere to the shoe at the ball of the foot. They won’t work miracles, but they might keep you on your feet longer.
5. Look for a heel cup. This will increase support, and reduce your chance of ankle injury.
6. Try not to stand on high party shoes for more than 20 mins at a time. And pick the occasion – high stilettos are more suited to dinner or seated activity, not hours on the dance floor.
7. Wear commuter shoes. If you’re walking to the train, consider trainers or sports shoes and swap to your fashionable pumps when you arrive at work.
8. If we’re talking about party shoes, consider “scrunch-able” ballet flats which can fold up to fit in a clutch or hand bag. Don’t climb a mountain in them (obviously!) however they will reduce the chance of barefoot injury at the end of the night.
9. Match your toe box to the shape of your foot. Very few people have pointed, narrow toes. Forcing our feet into unnatural shapes will create pressure and painful corns. Consider visiting a podiatrist for maintenance.
10. Repetitive trauma from heels can lead to bunion deformity, claw toes, inflammation and ligament tears. Don’t grit your teeth and bare it. Chronic foot pain is disabling.
If you wear high heels daily and suffer pain, Melbourne Walking Clinic can design custom orthotics for use in high heeled court shoes. You don’t have to consign yourself to orthopaedic shoes – fashionable footwear with customised support will keep you comfortable and prevent deformity.