About High Heels

Hello Doctor. I have a question about high heels. I know they are not the best for our feet but with all the holiday parties it’s hard to avoid them. Do you have any tips for avoiding pain when standing in heels or after wearing heels?
Thank you.

One Response

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for the question. High heel wear definitely increases around the holiday season so being aware of the best tips for avoiding foot pain is highly recommended.

    What I recommend to my patients to decrease foot pain when wearing high heels is:

    1. Keep the body weight evenly distributed over the shoe. Most people have a tendency to shift all their bodyweight to the ball of the foot which is not designed to take this constant high pressure.

    2. Stretch the calves 5 minutes before and after wearing high heels. High heels put the calves in a shortened/tightened position which can stress the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon over time.

    3. Avoid excessive walking in heels or bring flats for after the dinner or party. At the end of the night when the feet are swollen and inflamed having a pair of emergency flats will help you avoid any unnecessary pain.

    4. Roll the feet out on golf balls or tennis balls at the end of the night. This will release any tension in the tissue or muscles in the bottom of the foot.

    I hope this helps keep you pain free in your heels.

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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