“Armed with high heels and lipstick, any woman can conquer the world!” That’s what everyone says, right? Somewhere, somehow high heels have become an almost unavoidably important part of every woman’s life. It’s a bit of an obsession, truth be told. As a child, I spent innumerable events watching my mother strut about in heels of 5 inches or higher. The moment we got back, she’d take them off and talk about the pain.
As fabulous as high heels look, most women who wear them regularly find themselves complaining of painful feet afterward. In this article, we’ll take a look at why wearing high heels cause pain and simple tricks you can use to make your life in heels easier!
What’s a Pain Caused by High Heels?
When we talk about pain and problems caused due to high heels, we’re not just talking about cramping toes and sore ankles. The human body is not designed to spend hours in the posture that high heels need. The heels put a lot of strain on the ball of your feet.
Regular usage of heels affects the body structure, putting a lot more strain on your knees and lower back. This is why a lot of women experience back pains after a long day in high heels. your body balances itself in high heels, you tend to lean backward. Sometimes, this causes the shortening of your calf muscles, which puts a lot of strain on your ankles. A.K.A., lots of pain in your ankles and severely strained calves.
The shape of the heels and the pressure can be really bad, so it’s important to take care of your feet.
Simple Tricks for Happier Feet
Yes, high heels come with a killer attitude and an awe-inspiring demeanor. However, they also come with a lot of pain and discomfort. Here are a few simple things you can do to take better care of your feet after a day in high heels.
- Saline Water Baths: If you feel pain, soreness, and swelling in your feet after a day in heels, this is just what you need. Take hot water in a bucket, deep enough to completely dip your feet. Add some salt and mix it. Dip your feet in this water for 10-15 minutes and massage your feet a little after you dry them. For massaging them, use a moisturizing lotion or a simple balm.
- Silicone Pads: Use silicone pads to add some padding under the balls on your feet and your ankles. This will helps with the strain a little. It’s not a long term solution but can make it a little easier on your feet.
- Simple Foot Exercises: Place a rubber or tennis ball and your feet and roll it. This loosens up the muscles and can reduce inflammation. Another exercise is to sit cross-legged and pull your foot in your lap. Massage the bottom of your foot from the heel to the toes in the middle, using your thumbs. Make sure the pressure is steady, though. Another great exercise is the bottle massage. Take a bottle full of water and freeze it. Once frozen, put it under your foot while remaining seated. Once placed, roll the bottle back and forth under your foot, until you feel relief in your foot.
I know it’s tempting to ignore the pain, I mean no one likes going to the doctor. Taking care of your feet with simple home remedies, stretching your feet and doing simple exercises, it can make a world of difference and really help. But these simple remedies, don’t help, consider taking professional help, in case of something serious. If you tend to have an unexpected schedule, a good idea can be to carry a pair of comfortable shoes with you so that you can change your footwear for more comfort.