We’ve all heard the overused saying ‘Beauty is pain’,and from this motto the idea has evolved that wearing something uncomfortable should be accepted by women as long as the footwear appears stylish, flatters the outfit or increases your height.
For women the idea of purchasing the latest platform heel from designers Louboutin or Jimmy Choo may cause the church bells to ring. However statistics from the American Osteopathic Association have stated that the body performs better when it is in proper alignment and that “High heels put the foot at an angle and pull muscles and joints out of alignment”.
According to Dr Surve, “It’s not unusual for women who spend excessive time in high heels to have low back, neck and shoulder pain because the shoes disrupt the natural form of the body.” (Osteopathic, 2016)
In order to keep your feet healthy and prevent further problems it is essential to follow these four steps!
- Swap your heels for some cool kicks while commuting to and from work. Not only will you be protecting your neck, spine and feet but you will be ensuring the longevity of your shoe soles.
- Perform appropriate foot stretches throughout the day to ensure the relaxation of the muscles in your feet.
- Look for a platform sole to decrease the angle between the heel and the ball of the foot, so your weight can be more distributed across the entire foot.
- Your high heels should fit well and hold your foot into place, any heels that appear loose cause your foot to slide back and forth. This ladies brings us to the state of complete pain where blisters, bleeding feet as well as chipped nails evolve. If you need extra firmness insert appropriate shoe insoles to eliminate any gaps!
Below we have listed our top 10 picks to ensure your strut is right and shoes are tight!