Category Bone & Orthopaedics Care

How To Wear High Heels Without Hurting Your Feet

Beauty is pain: a mantra spoken by women everywhere as they pluck their eyebrows, wax unnecessary hair, and step into their high heels. While the sting of plucking and waxing may be a necessary evil, feeling foot pain while wearing a favorite pair of heels is not. There are things that can be done to eliminate pain caused by wearing heels other than taking an aspirin and assigning said heels to the darkest corner of the closet.

Simply wearing the right pair of heels can eliminate the love-hate relationship many women have with their heels. Regardless of how cute the shoes appear, if they are too small or big, they should go straight back onto the shelf. There are several ways to ensure one does not purchase ill-fitting shoes; the first is to avoid buying them online. Trying on heels is critical to guaranteeing they are the correct size. Shoe sizes, just like clothing, change depending upon the brand. Heels should not be tight or rub; they should simply feel snug on the foot with some room for toes to wriggle.

Another tip by Providence Orthopaedics Foot Pain Expert is to make sure the heel is situated directly underneath the heel bone, rather than at the back of the foot, when trying shoes on. If it is not, try a half size up or down. Also, the thicker and smaller the heel, the less likely it is to cause discomfort because it will help distribute weight evenly along the foot.

Avoid shoes featuring plastic heels as they have little give and are more likely to cause blisters; just because they are cheap does not mean they are a good deal. Choose quality instead with lots of cushion, particularly in the arch and ball of the foot. Moreover, pay attention to the slope or pitch of the shoe when trying them on. Instead of buying stilettos that end at a ninety-degree drop to the toe of the shoe from the heel, try to find heels with a more gradual slope. This is easier on the arch of the foot and relieves pressure from the ball of the foot.

Effect of high heels infogaphic

One should not only pay attention to their heels, however, but also their feet. A woman’s feet are often her most neglected body part, which does not help her win the test if endurance that is wearing heels. After a long day of walking the town, apply foot cream after icing feet in a cool mineral bath for fifteen minutes. This not only reduces swelling, but also improves foot health by restoring the skin’s suppleness, preventing blisters and cracking. Also, regular pedicures are a must to prevent hangnails, ingrown toenails, and general discomfort while wearing a favorite pair of pumps.

Stretching regularly can also prevent high heels from becoming a pain. High heels, over time, can cause the Achilles tendon to shorten, or tighten. This in turn prevents many women from wearing anything but heels as flats and sneakers cause intense discomfort. To combat this, stretch every day focusing on the muscles and tendons in the calves and feet. Yoga, runner’s lunges and wall stretches, and range-of-motion exercises are excellent ways to accomplish this.


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Heavy Handbags Cause Shoulder Pain

Almost every woman carries some sort of purse or handbag. It’s almost second nature for women to grab a handbag and sling it over their shoulders whenever they go out. What many people don’t realize is that this seemingly benign habit can potentially have serious implications on backs and shoulders. The following information discusses the cultural significance of carrying handbags and the physical problems associated with constantly carrying a handbag.


A Cultural Phenomenon

Women, and even men, have carried some sort of purse or handbag throughout much of recorded history. Prior to the last few hundred years most people walked nearly everywhere they went. This took hours, days, or longer, and items had to be carried for the journey. Drawstring bags and pouches were types of purses that were carried and they were often tied around the waist. It wasn’t until almost the 19th century that women began to carry modern day handbags. This usually meant carrying them by hand or over the shoulder.


How Heavy is too Heavy?

Becoming more modern and independent has not led to a decrease in the size of the average woman’s handbag. In fact, the more women are expected to do in our modern age only increases the size of the handbag they carry. Just a few of the items most women carry on a regular basis includes wallets, makeup, phone, hair accessories, and items for their kids. It is estimated that the weight of the average purse is over 5 pounds, about 3 pounds more than most chiropractors and physicians recommend is healthy to carry. Many women probably carry handbags that are closer to 10 pounds, especially purses that have big buckles and lots of ornamentation. It’s no surprise that carrying heavy handbags has led to a problem with shoulder pain as well as back problems (also see What Causes Shoulder Pain at Night?).


The Physical Damage

Routinely carrying a large handbag can cause problems in the neck, back, and shoulders. Carrying a bag, especially if it’s always carried on the same side, can lead to unbalanced posture. It can also cause what is called ‘frozen shoulder’ as well as torn tissues in the muscles, and even spinal problems. It can make arthritis worse and even lead to headaches. Really large purses, the kind that resemble carry on bags and can hold a laptop, can even cause the lower trunk to tilt, adding lower back pain to the list of potential problems. Considering the vast array of physical problems carrying large handbags can cause, women should make a concerted effort to reduce the damage.



Perhaps the solution is returning to the types of bags and pouches our ancestors used. Tying smaller purses around the waist instead of lugging one large handbag over the shoulder might be a better way to carry our things. The modern version of this is called the fanny pack. Many women, however, are more than willing to sacrifice comfort for style. Instead of waiting on fashions to change, there are a few things to do to limit the damage from heavy handbags. Women should try to limit what they carry in the bag to the bare essentials. Finally, switch shoulders from time to time to give each shoulder a rest and evenly distribute the weight on the back.


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