Yesterday, after my post on shoe shopping, someone asked me about the effects of wearing very high heels! That was like a blow below the belt! I love my heels! I am petite (that’s fancy grammar for vertically challenged or not very tall. I draw the line at using the ‘s’ word :D). I also walk like a soldier (no kidding) whenever I wear flats…no regard to finesse et al! I probably missed all those classes where catwalks were taught (sigh!). So how do I live without my heels; I’d be looking up to everybody!!! But more seriously, the question is ‘are heels good for your feet or not?’
Truth is high heels can create deformities by altering the normal shape of the foot, can cause problems with your Achilles tendon (the prominent tendon at the back of the ankle), cause foot pain and increase the possibility of sprains and ankles (imagine falling from the great height of a six inch heel…ouch!!!).
I would love to feel that all heels would be thrown away now that we know they are bad….maybe, or maybe not Okay, how can these heels be worn safely though?
Heels with soft insoles are very comfortable and if your heels don’t come with them; you can buy and fix in (I am sure they should be available in shoe shops or even big department shops anywhere), the larger the base of the heel, the better; don’t wear shoes that over-flex your arch (the natural curve of your foot) or shoes that you can’t walk in! If you can’t do the normal everyday things you do while wearing them, then don’t. If you try on a heel and your toes automatically slide to the front, they are not for you and could create more pressure and pain on your toes. Open-toed heels are helpful especially for people who have corns or calluses. Finally, switch the heels around and try and wear a mix of heels….throw some low heels into the mix, perhaps not higher than an inch (which is the ideal recommended height of a heel!!!).
So ladies, here’s some serious food for thought for the week. Have a great one y’all!