What Happens To Your Body When You Wear Heels?
- High-heeled shoes increase the pressure on the knees by 26%
- This may lead with osteoarthritis
- The calf muscle can become permanently tightened
- The “pump bump” also known as Haglund’s deformity can appear
- Tight fitting shoes can contribute to Morton’s Neuroma (thickening of nerves that can cause sharp pain and numbness)
- A bunion (hallux valgus) can form at the base of your Big Toe, causing pain and deformity
Does The Heel Height Make a Difference?
- The higher the heels, the more pressure and weight are put on the ball of the foot. This may cause pain while walking.
Want to Soak your Feet?
Try this soak bath to soften your feet…
- Sea salt helps to relax the muscles of the feet
- St. John’s wort helped to heal small wounds
- Linden improves blood flow
- Menthol essential oils can reduce swelling
- Milk can soften the skin
How to Minimize the Negative Effects of Wearing Heels
- Wear pumps only 2-3 times a week, alternating with flats
- Every 2-3 hours, take off your shoes to massage your feet
- If you HAVE to wear heels every day, choose one no more than 2 inches
If you are on your Feet All Day…Do These Exercises
- Roll your feet on a tennis ball
- Use your toes to scrunch a napkin or tissue on the floor
- Stretch your Achilles tendon using a towel
- Squat without lifting your heels off the ground
- Rise up on your toes…calf raises