Safety and Comfort is easy once heel lovers know the basics. Dr. George B. Holmes Jr., foot and ankle specialist at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, recently appeared on ABC-7 News Chicago and NBC-5 Chicago to discuss safe approaches to wearing high heels.
Before understanding the best types of high heels to wear, consumers must first understand why high heels can be dangerous? High heels...
- cause foot pain
- increase the likelihood of sprains and fractures
- create foot deformities: hammertoes, bunions
- cause unsteady gait
- make you unable to run
- cause Achilles tendon problems
So, what should consumers look for when purchasing high heels?
- Nothing over 1" (problems start at 2-3")
- Soft insole
- Larger heel base
- Platform at front of shoe which reduces incline of heel
- Rounded toe box
While it is unrealistic to believe that consumers will stop purchasing heels, Dr. Holmes identifies a few tips to help heel lovers combat against foot problems. Tips for High-Heel Lovers!
- Choose the best time of day.
- Feet tend to swell at the end of the day; don't wear heels for the entire day.
- Don't lock into your size.
- Don't stick to one size, all shoes vary and you may have to go up in size.
- Don't walk in heels, carry them.
- Don't walk for long periods of time wearing heels; wear a more conservative shoe for walking.
- Don't wear every day.
- Switch your heels up; otherwise it can be bad for your feet.
- Wearing the same heel every day can lead to foot problems.
- Alternate heels with cushioned, supportive shoes.