High Heels without Foot Pain

High Heels without Foot PainIf you’re like most women, you probably own a variety of shoes dedicated to going out, dressing up and showing off. High heels are a part of just about every woman’s closet, but statistics have shown that high heels are the biggest cause of foot problems in women today. Read on for how to prevent foot pain from high heels.

Wearing high heels frequently can lead to foot pain and other problems such as:

  • Foot deformities
  • An increased risk of osteoarthritis
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Shin splints

The possibility of pain from your favorite pair of pumps is a sad fact, yet most women still grin and bear it for the sake of fashion. If you can’t seem to ditch the heels despite the pain and discomfort associated with wearing them, then it is important to discover ways of wearing heels that will reduce pain and keep your feet from suffering.

Tips to Prevent Foot Pain from High Heels

  • Make sure you are wearing the correct size. Measure your feet for length and width before you buy a new pair of heels. Don’t buy a smaller size assuming they will stretch either.
  • Try thicker heels. While stilettos may be stylish and appropriate for certain outfits, they can be dangerous. Skinny heels give your ankle less support and could cause you to wobble. A thicker, chunkier heel will give you more support.
  • Get softer insoles. Try some of the over-the-counter inserts, they can protect the ball of your foot from soreness and prevent sliding in your shoes. This will protect your toes from friction and blisters.
  • Watch your walk. Don’t step toe first, or put your toe and heel on the ground at the same time. Walk as if you were wearing flats and place the heel of your shoe on the ground first, and then the ball of your foot.
  • Stretch it out. After taking your shoes off, take a moment to stretch your calves, feet, and ankles.

If you wear high heels frequently, or even if it is just every now and then, proper foot care is essential. Take care of your feet with a nice foot bath or massage every now and then, and don’t overdo it when it comes to your shoe choices. Heels may be a stylish option, but they aren’t always practical.

Dr. Jason Gold, DPM, FACFAS

Known for his expertise in thorough diagnostic testing and a steady surgical hand, Jason M. Gold, DPM, is a leader in modern foot and ankle care and sports medicine. He’s one of a handful of doctors who’s board certified in foot and ankle surgery in Palm Beach County. Dr. Jason Gold cares for patients at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center, a state-of-the-art practice with locations in Boca Raton and Boynton, Florida.

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus , DPM - Podiatrist in Boca Raton, FL

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus DPM, RPhs, FACFAS

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus is a foot, ankle, and leg vein specialist practicing in South Florida. She is considered a leader and innovator for various procedures in her field, including fat pad and vein care. Dr. Schoenhaus grew up in southern New Jersey and she considers herself a true Philly girl. After graduating from the University of Michigan, having studied kinesiology and human movement, she went to Temple University in Philadelphia where she got her doctorate.

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