Not to get too medical here, but ill-fitting shoes not only have you limping in pain for weeks after wearing them, they can cause a number of those nasty foot deformities your grandma complains of, including hammertoes and bunions… Yikes!
So that you can safely stalk when the clearance sales call your name, follow these golden rules to a ensure a Cinderella-eque fit:
1. Make sure that they fit right from the start. If they don't feel right, they probably ain't right.
2. The shoe should form a snug, but not a tight fit in the forefoot and heel areas. Resist squeezing your foot into a style or size hoping it will stretch or that already shows signs of pinching.
Up until now, high heel related research has focused on the force that is applied to the ball of the foot. Of course, it’s not rocket science to work out that the higher the heel, the more weight is consistently placed on the ball of the foot. The good news, however, is this: all women can still confidently light up the boardroom, bar and beyond in their fave high heels— turns out, it just takes muscle conditioning!
New groundbreaking research has identified that muscle fatigue is the underlying reason we suffer with pain in high heels. Due to the big toe and ankle being placed at a severe angle in the high heel, we are constantly using the stabilizing muscles around our ankle to keep our foot steady. That’s why when you’re strutting around in your stilettos, you feel like you’re getting a workout—it’s from those lower leg muscles working overtime.
I am a pioneering podiatrist who is passionate about empowering women to be fearless in attitude, effortlessly chic and confident in their heels. My expertise is nested in human mechanics and women’s footwear with a personal mission to make it safer and more comfortable for women to enjoy wearing high heels. Through my blended love of science and fashion, I have uncovered the unknown source of high heel pain and engineered a dynamic insole range that provides luxurious comfort and unique support for all types of women’s footwear. Check out www.emilybraidwood.com for more information.
With studios, gyms and pools closed and exercise among the few legitimate reasons people are allowed to venture out of the house, you only need to look around at local parks and running tracks to see the spike in people engaging in running-based exercise.
Whilst our body relies on exercise and movement to maintain metabolic function, postural strength, conditioning and mental health, it is particularly important during this time to employ simple strategies to create a sustainable exercise routine and avoid injury setbacks.
During this time, it is essential that you uplevel your self-management strategies.