High heels, especially stilettos, are a killer for your feet.
But let’s face it, they are not only a staple of high fashion but also make your legs look great!
But when the pain starts it’s hard to look great with a scowl and a limp.
Here are some guidelines from the American Podiatric Medical Association on how to choose the best heels. Not only can you look killer, but feel good too (who knew!)
- Nearly half of heel-owners admit to wearing heels 3 inches or higher. This can shift body weight forward and puts increased pressure on the ball of the foot and the toes. Avoid heels higher than 2 inches.
- A high stiletto with a pointy, closed toe is the worst type of shoe for your feet. Instead, choose heels with a deep and wide toe box, and extra cushioning at the forefoot if at all possible. A slight heel or wedge encourages your arch to lift. Wedges are great to increase height as they are often higher in the ball of the foot as well, so as not putting as much pressure on the forefoot.
- Consider wearing supportive shoes during your travel to and from work, night out, etc., then changing into high heels after you arrive. This will help minimize the time your feet spend in heels.
- Kitten heels are a good-looking, foot-friendly option for heel wearers. With a heel height typically less than 1 inch, kitten heels deliver a bit of height without the pressure that higher heels can cause. Save the super high heels for sitting down events, such as nice dinners out or events with seating.
Be careful when wearing platforms or wedges, as these styles can compromise your balance and stability. Very high shoes may lead to ankle rolls and falls. Choose lower platforms and wedges that secure with ankle straps.
During warm weather, peep toes tempt women to show off pretty pedicures. But peep toes can cause toes to slip forward or overlap, and may even push nail edges into the skin. This can lead to ingrown nails, or even painful corns between the toes.
Visit the APMA’s website, to review a list of chiropodist and podiatrist-approved women’s footwear that has earned the organization’s Seal of Acceptance.
If you experience persistent foot pain, see a specialist. Feet shouldn’t hurt all the time, and if they do it may indicate injury, irritation or illness.