How to avoid wrecking your feet when you’re wearing high heels
Oi, you, picking out your sparkly dress for your New Year’s Eve party. Be careful when you’re pick out your shoes – unless you want to risk neuromas, sesamoid problems, sprains, and painful bunions.
Kaser Nazir, a consultant foot and ankle surgeon, has issued a warning about wearing super high, wobbly heels over the party season.
‘Christmas revelry is great and a naturally happy time but it does result in a good many injuries and hobbling around in pain over the New Year instead of enjoying the celebrations to the full,’ Kaser warns.
‘One of the most common series of problems is caused by high heels.’
Kaser notes that wearing excessively high heels can lead to neuromas, – also known as a pinched nerve – a benign growth of nerve tissue that causes a burning sensation, tingling, and numbness.
Tottering about could also land you with sesamoids, which are bones embedded in your tendons (ouch).
Here’s how to avoid destroying your feet in the midst of Christmas and New Year joy.
If you can’t walk comfortably in heels, don’t wear them
It’s simple, really. Don’t wear shoes if they hurt the second you put them on, they make you wobble, and you can feel your ankles going all over the place, don’t wear them.
We know, we know, they look great, and maybe you could just sit down at whichever fancy event you’re going to, and sometimes beauty is pain.
But there are so many shoe options out there that’ll make you look just as glorious without risking bunions and a sprained ankle caused by taking a few steps outside.
Choose a chunkier heel, a lower heel, and look for shoes with sturdy straps to keep your feet in the right position.
Avoid pointy toe shoes and stiletto heels
‘Pointy high heels will significantly increase the pressure on the balls of the feet and squeeze toes together,’ podiatrist Emma Lincoln told Metro.co.uk.
‘Wearing a very thin stiletto heel will increase the chances of ankle sprains and other soft tissue injuries, as well as alter your posture which can lead to knee and lower back pain.’
Along with strains, pointy toes can cause damage to the foot structure, resulting in bunions and hammer toes.
‘Thicker and lower heels will make the foot more stable, and put less pressure on the ball of the foot,’ says Emma. Smart.
If you must wear heels, don’t wear them for long
Heels cause the most damage if they’re worn daily or for long periods of time. So while you may feel a deep urge to toddle around for your New Year’s Eve party, it’s wise to follow that up with flat shoes for your New Year’s Day party. Or just spend the day in cosy slippers.
Reduce rubbing and sliding
Don’t wear shoes that are a touch too big, as your feet will slip around – increasing the risk of sprains.
Reduce friction on the heels and toes by inserting silicone pads in to your shoes or wrapping silicone plasters around your heels and toes. This’ll save you from blisters and bunions.
Strengthen your leg muscles and improve your balance
If you’re a diehard heels wearer, at least make sure you’re not going to wobble about. Most sprains and strains are caused by poor posture, weak muscles, or difficulty balancing.
Train yourself to walk comfortably in heels, do leg lifts to strengthen your calves, and make sure your posture is in top shape – no stomping around in your platforms.
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