How to (not) Wear High Heels
Are you a fan of stylish shoes who wants to know how to wear fashionable high heels without endangering your feet? This article will help. If you have painful problem areas in your foot, such as bunions, corns, or calluses, you may benefit from foot orthotics or some other foot care products that do not involve high heels. Or if high heels are absolutely in your future, use inserts designed to make high heels more comfortable.
First, whenever possible, avoid wearing high heels—especially when walking around for longer than one hour. You may be wearing them while walking around on a date night, at a wedding, or standing for a long time in your office. The most obvious advice: For comfort, opt for footwear designed for comfort. That means resisting high heels all together and instead opting for correctly-sized shoes with thick, cushioning soles and breathable insoles. When shopping for shoes to wear for work, wear the same socks you're planning to wear with the shoes and try out different surfaces to determine how comfortable your feet are with them. Your feet need room to breathe; otherwise, you could develop foot fungus which causes foot odor and fungal infections.
Second, don't wear high heels for very long. We all need to know our limitations. If you must wear them, use cushioning shoe inserts and be sure to have a pair of comfortable shoes, and bring them with you. With a backup pair of comfortable shoes on hand, you can swap into them as soon as you feel discomfort; otherwise next up is foot pain, which may result from major discomfort or even injuries to the foot and nerves traveling through it. If you are unable to fit standard insoles into your tightfitting heels, there are options that can treat just ball of foot pain, or heel cushioning.
Third, a great alternative to high heels is a pair of dress shoes. Dress shoes are easier on the joints because they usually have a much wider heel. Dress shoes also tend to last longer because they continue to be worn well after they are broken in. With these shoes underfoot, you're sure to avoid suffering from foot pain and sore toes.
Fourth, if you are already experiencing pain in your heels and want to avoid plantar fasciitis or a neuroma, you should definitely try using sneakers with arch support insoles. Arch support insoles provide arch support by providing support between the heel and the ball of the foot. The arch support in these types of shoe inserts also relieve pressure on the nerve roots. You will feel immediate relief from heel pain and will be able to walk comfortably again. In addition to arch support, other types of shoes that help reduce stress on the foot's joints include slip-on or lace-up sneakers and flat shoes.
Fifth, when looking for footwear that's easy on the feet as an alternative to harmful high heels, arch supporting sandals are the best choice. They're not only fashionable, but they help prevent all sorts of foot issues and actually provide pain relief and prevention!
Lastly, a good pair of shoes will have a flexible midsole. The midsole helps distribute weight evenly between the arch and the heel. Also, it will help alleviate pressure on the feet. Shoes with a flexible midsole are great for people who need to walk long distances and for athletes. If you're going to be doing any activity where you'll be on your feet for long periods of time, you will want to make sure your feet are protected from injury. Combining a shoe with a flexible midsole with the best shoe insole with orthotic arch support is the best step forward.
It's important to understand how and why you should purchase new shoes from a foot-health-first mindset. Just because they look great, doesn't mean they're not dangerous. By doing so, you can ensure that your foot is in the best possible health condition. If you do your research and find the right shoes and inserts for your foot, you will experience less foot pain. With PowerStep shoe insoles and other products, you can prevent foot pain from happening, or immediately relieve it.