About one in ten women wear high heels at least three days a week, which means a lot of painful foot problems. High heels worn for a prolonged period of time, can lead to bunions, blisters, and hammertoes (just to name a few).
So, how do you avoid these foot problems? The obvious reason is to ditch the heels completely, but what woman wants to hear that?! If you aren’t quite ready to give up your heels, try these tips to help reduce your risk for injury and pain.
Wear them in moderation: If you typically wear high heels every day to work, try wearing them for just a couple days a week and wearing a supportive flat shoe the other days.
Heel height: Keep your heel height to 1 1/2 inches or shorter. Sky high heels put so much pressure on the ball of your foot which can cause pain and an increased risk for injury.
Wear tennis shoes to and from work: Limit your high heel wearing during the day by switching them out for tennis shoes while you aren’t at work.
Stretching: Make sure to stretch the muscles of your feet and calf muscles every day.
Choose heels with a wider toe box: Steer clear of pointy toe shoes, which give your toes little room to move around and can lead to painful bunions and bunionettes. Shoes with a bigger toe box will give your toes room to breathe and not feel cramped.
If you have any questions about what shoes are best for your feet come see Dr. Evan Merrill at Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, LLC. We are here for all your foot care needs. Make an appointment today by calling 541-776-3338 or by filling out our online form.