Table of contents:
- Possible reasons for aching feet
- More comfort in high heels
- This will keep your feet healthy over the long term
Do you like to wear high heels but worry about the health of your feet? With these tips you can prevent aching feet and misalignments.
Although high heels look great, they are not exactly beneficial for healthy feet in the long run. Our feet form the foundation of our body and carry us through life day after day - and that under full load. If you can do this in high heels, you deserve even more care and attention than usual. It would therefore be particularly advisable for all those who regularly wear high heels over a long period of time to support their feet in the best possible way in a natural way relieve.
How is that supposed to work? There are some aspects that, if you consider them, allow you to wear heels without being tormented by blisters and other unpleasant side effects.
Possible reasons for aching feet
High heels cause discomfort, especially when worn for long periods:
Blisters & redness
Redness and blisters are particularly common side effects when wearing high heels. They are among the most harmless but acute consequences. They are usually caused by pressure points due to too tight a shoe. Although blisters are not dangerous, they can be very painful and unsightly scars can remain if cared for incorrectly.
Pain in the back and neck area
Wearing high heels changes the weight distribution and moves the pelvis a little further forward. This leads to the famous hollow back because the back tries to compensate for this imbalance. This unnatural posture can cause pain in the neck and back area.
Varicose veins can be annoying not only for aesthetic reasons, but in some cases they are also accompanied by unpleasant pain. High heels limit the mobility of the ankle, which in turn leads to increased pressure on the vein walls in the veins. This in turn can cause circulatory problems or varicose veins.
Shortened calf muscles
High heels lengthen the leg - at least visually. By shifting your weight onto the balls of your feet, the calf muscle is not fully stretched. Over the years, the muscle shrinks more and more and in the long run it shortens.
Malpositions of the feet
Due to the incorrect weight distribution, high heels favor the development of foot misalignments such as hallux valgus, instability of the ankle joint, flat or flat feet or flat or hollow feet. The first signs of incipient foot problems can be tired, heavy legs, kinking of the feet or an uneven gait.
More comfort in high heels
Don't panic ladies, the heels don't have to be thrown in the bin - on the contrary. A few tips will help to improve wearing comfort and alleviate the first signs.
Wear special insoles
A particularly gentle and discreet relief are, for example, orthopedic, custom-made shoe insoles. They are primarily aids that are used to treat a wide variety of foot ailments. When wearing high heels, they help to relieve the foot and support it accordingly. They are made individually for you depending on your needs. This individual foot bedding ensures a first-class support and cushioning function. So that they can develop their full effect, they have to be adjusted before wearing. Only in this way can targeted use have a positive effect on the function of the muscles, the gait pattern and, of course, a healthy posture.
Alternatively, there are already finished shoe insoles that can be bought 'off the peg' either in specialist shops or in selected drugstores. In terms of quality, however, these insoles cannot keep up with custom-made insoles from orthopedic shoe technicians.
Targeted strengthening exercises
To prevent the calf muscles from shortening, they should be exercised regularly. Just 10 minutes a day is sufficient. To do this, stand on tiptoe for half a minute and then put your feet down again. You repeat this exercise 10 times a day and you will soon notice results.
The choice of paragraphs
Does it always have to be high heels? If it fits, you should use wedge heels. They distribute the body weight more evenly and are not quite as harmful in the long run as high-heeled shoes.
This will keep your feet healthy over the long term
To reassure you: occasional wearing does not immediately lead to blatant discomfort! For all those who find it difficult to do without their beloved high heels in everyday life, it is advisable to prepare their feet accordingly and to support them as best as possible. If you choose orthopedic shoe insoles, they should definitely be fitted to the pair of heels that you prefer to wear. So make sure you take your shoes with you when taking your measurements! You should also wear the insoles regularly, because this is the only way your feet can get used to the new conditions and adapt accordingly.
During the initial period, you should keep an eye on your feet, there may be pressure points or abrasions - even with custom-made items. If this is the case, the insoles can be corrected and readjusted. In addition, regular and strengthening exercises for the calf muscles and stretching exercises for the Achilles tendon are recommended. The muscles are thereby strengthened and can withstand the pressure longer. Daily creaming, regular Kneipp therapy and relaxing foot baths (once or twice a week) provide that extra relaxation factor.