Don't Let The Heel Hurt You

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HEELS ... can't live with them ... can't live without them ... just got to have them as a must for our wardrobe!

Now, reality check. They hurt, and they hurt really, really bad when you have been strutting around in them for any length of time. The question is, do you sacrifice style for comfort? Heck no!  Women love them because they make their legs look longer and body slimmer.  They love them because they know men think they are hot.  Women love them because they add "chic" to their outfits. There is just no denying that a good looking pump or, stiletto just makes a female's calve look fantastic and their legs as sexy as Beyonce's.

One might thank all those wonderful shoe designers out there for causing all this misery, and while the American Pediatric Medical Association tells us the easy way out is simply tossing them out with the trash ... shame on them ... let's give you some helpful hints on how you can make them work for you, and not against.

  • Granted a shorter heel (up to 2 inches) is right for comfort and health. Just keep in mind anything higher is going to place undue pressure on the ball of your foot and frontal bones. If you have to go with the height, try kicking them off when you can and keep a pair of flats/slippers under your desk for relief.
  • Believe it or, not, many women will sacrifice a smaller size because they fell in love with a certain style and the store doesn't have a pair left in their real size. Also, it's important to have your foot measured ever so often. Feet can grow as we get older and also longer and wider after pregnancy. You have to make sure there is at minimum a thumbs width between your longest toe and the shoe tip for proper room.
  • Pointed & Narrow Squared toes may be the fashion but, rounded toe shoes allow your toes to lie flat and spread out naturally. If you can't, then at least try and alternate once and a while. Pointed & narrow squared toes can cause joint pain, bunions and wrench your toes inward.
  • Many fashion shoes only come in a standard width. If you have wide feet, obviously this will cause a problem. If you love the style so much and must have them, a shoemaker can usually stretch them to widen the toe box to enhance comfort.
  • Think about cushioning. You're on our feet more than ever and many shoes come with less than adequate padding. You have felt that unbearable burning on the balls of your feet once or twice already. It is pretty obvious it will happen again if you continue to wear them because heels shift the weight fully right to that area.
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