High heel shoes do wondrous things for a woman’s figure. They make her legs look longer, her buttocks look firmer, they give her a more confident walk and they make her taller. However they are not without their downsides and as well as making women look fantastic they also unfortunately have a tendency to put their feet through the ringer.
The reason for this is that when you wear high heels, all of your weight and pressure is focussed onto your heels rather than being distributed across the whole bottom of your foot. At the same time, having to balance on so fine a point also puts strain on your ankle which is forced to compensate for slight changes to prevent it twisting or spraining. Finally as the material that most high heeled shoes are made of is fairly hard and thin this can cause the back of the shoes to rub and damage the skin on the back of your heel.
Fortunately there are ways you can minimise this pain, and by understanding how the pain is being caused you can then look for shoes that will minimise this discomfort. For example a shoe with a wider heel will distribute the weight and pressure more evenly than say a stiletto and also make it easier to balance. The natural evolution of this type of shoe is the ‘wedge’ which is a shoe that uses a wedge shape to prop up the heel rather than a single point. This then spreads the weight in the same way as an ordinary shoe would, but also creates the extra height and improved posture that a heel does.
Similarly to support the ankle you should look for high heels with a strap up boot. This way you can seal your foot in and prevent it from twisting or wobbling as a result. This becomes more important as the heel gets higher as this makes it harder to balance. Of course one simple way to lessen the pain is to wear smaller heels…
To combat the rubbing and chafing it is possible to use plasters and foot gels to protect the weaker parts. It is also common for the side of the front of the foot to rub as the weight pushes down on it from this angle (the shoe being almost like a slide of sorts). A plaster or gel on both the sides of the feet and the heel then can prevent bleeding and discomfort.
Finally you should also try to limit the amount of time you spend on your feet as much as possible. Make sure that wherever you are going you have a table to sit down at, and if possible you can even remove your shoes when sitting there. At the same time you should avoid wearing your shoes if there is any walk to or from the venue. Of course going bare foot is exactly recommended either, which is why ‘shoes in a bag’ are such a good invention – giving you small fold up shoes that weigh barely anything and can easily be wrapped up and carried in a hand bag.