SHOES WITH HEELS, IT’S PRETTY, IT’S SEXY, BUT IT CAN ALSO HURT VERY FEET. SO TO AVOID BLISTERS AND OTHER SORES, HERE ARE 5 TIPS TO KNOW TO NO LONGER SUFFER IN HEELS.
Heeled shoes are often considered a true symbol of femininity and “sexy attitude” . But here we are not all like Carrie Bradshaw (the heroine of Sex and The City), expert high heels. And we do not necessarily all wear a full day, heels 12 cm. So, we asked a coach in heels to reveal his tricks to never suffer in his pair of shoes again. We follow the guide.
Choose stable and comfortable heels
All the shoes with heels are not made for everyone. To choose a pair, you must first be aware of its maximum height , that is to say, the height limit of heels that our feet and ankles can endure. To know it, just take a few steps barefoot on the tip of the feet to see how high our heels can go up: as soon as the knees begin to bend , we reached our maximum height. For beginners, it is best to start with a heel half-cylinder (more stable than the stiletto heel) high from 6 to 8 cm. When buying a new pair of shoes, check its stability and track down any flaws:
- the heel must be well implanted on the platform and perpendicular to the ground. If this is not the case, the shoe may pull on the ankle and weaken it.
- to know if the heel is stable, we throw the shoe about ten centimeters (gently, obviously) . If it falls back on itself, it is that the heel is stable. The thicker it is, the more logically it is.
The golden rule: adapt the shoe (stiletto, sandal, whatever) to his foot, not the other way around.
Alternate heights and models of heeled shoes
To avoid hurting his feet too much, he alternates high heels and model shoes. If you go out one evening with 12 cm long and thin heels, the next day, you will rely on a smaller heel, thicker: essential to rest the foot, soles, ankle and heel. Because they are put to the test when one wears high heels. Attention, a stiletto heel must be worn only occasionally: medically speaking, it is not suitable for any morphology . All the weight of the body rests on the front of the foot which fatigues much more quickly the feet and ankles.
Muscle ankles and toes
Yes, the ankles are also muscular. And when they are well muscled, one tones his posture and one holds better on a pair of shoes with heels. In short, it is essential to avoid wringing ankles in all directions. Some exercises to do to strengthen his ankles (twice a week for 5 minutes):
- we go back and forth on tiptoe to bend calves and ankles.
- We make rolls with our feet: sitting or standing, we draw a circle with the tip of his feet so as to rotate his ankle. To do in both directions, one foot after another.
Try the accessories and plan a first aid kit
Non-slip soles, tights that contain special heeled shoe pads, gel pads to slip into his pair of shoes … There are many products to alleviate the pain of heels . Their effects are debatable from one person to another, that’s why it’s better to test them to make your own opinion. Logically, we choose them according to its problematic: special pads before the shoe if it hurts under the front of the foot, back pads if it hurts on the heel, a non-slip sole if you tend to sweat a lot of feet … To test too: the famous talcum technique. To delay perspiration and protect the foot from rubbing with the shoe, sprinkle the inside with a little talc. Like gymnasts who put talc on their hands before the test of asymmetrical bars or rings for example. It’s simple and it works. If you have room, you can take a pair of ballerinas or sneakers with you to remove your heels when the pain becomes too intense. But to have the medical necessary to react in case of small sores, It’s already good. In prevention, one can stick dressings on the parts which rub the most, generally on the back and the side of the feet. We must protect our feet from the pain especially if we intend to wiggle all night on the dance floor with a pair of Louboutin !
Take care of your feet every day
Many of us neglect that part of the body that is the feet. Yet, they are the ones who support the weight of our body all day long . Once a week or after a day spent in heels, relax your feet by tuning a foot bath with warm water and coarse salt. Then they are massaged with the thumb to relax the sore muscles by the high heels. You can also use a tennis ball that you just spend a few minutes under the feet. Relaxing effect guaranteed.