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Foot Doctor Explains Do's & Don'ts of Wearing High Heels May 15, 2018

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Foot Doctor Explains Do's & Don'ts of Wearing High Heels , Manhattan, New York

High heels are an attractive accessory, adding a sophisticated or sultry touch to an outfit. However, they’re not always comfortable, nor are they beneficial for your feet and body. Whether you have to wear high heels or choose to do so, there are ways to reduce the negative effects. New York Foot Experts, in New York, NY, is the community’s go-to foot doctor. Here, they explain the do’s and don’ts of wearing heels. 

Do:

Have Your Feet Measured Consistently

Many women wear shoes at least one or two sizes too small. Sometimes, this is on purpose, but most of the time, people wear shoes that don’t fit because they don’t realize their foot size has changed. Contrary to popular belief, your shoe size doesn’t stay the same once you’ve finished growing. It can change more than once throughout your life, particularly during and after pregnancy. 

Soak Your Feet in Cold Water at Night 

If your feet are painful or swollen, soak them at the end of the night or run cold water over them for about 10 minutes. This will reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain. Epsom salt can also help to relieve sore foot muscles, however, avoid using it if you have blisters or cuts as it will be painful.

Switch Up Your Shoes 

Try not to wear heels every day, even if you must wear them daily for work. Change into comfortable flats or sneakers when walking before and after work. In your off-time, try to wear comfortable, supportive shoes to give your feet a break. Also, switch up your heels from day to day, as sticking with one pair can be bad for your feet. 

Don’t:

Wear Narrow, Strappy Shoes 

footdoctorNewYorkNYNarrow heels provide less stability, putting more pressure on your feet as well as your back and knees. Straps can cut into swollen feet.

Wear Heels Higher Than Three Inches for Long Periods 

If possible, stick with heels no higher than an inch. Problems and discomfort increase with heel height. If you must wear a shoe with heels two inches or taller, try to take several breaks and avoid being constantly on your feet. 

Let Shoes Rub the Back of Your Foot

Excessive chafing can lead to painful, bloody blisters which can take some time to heal, particularly if you can’t switch to different shoes for a while. Shoes that are continually rubbing and chafing on your skin can also result in “pump-bump,” or an enlargement of the bone in the back of the foot. 

In addition to choosing the proper footwear, it’s important to see a foot doctor to address any concerns as soon as they arise. If you’re a New York resident, trust New York Foot Experts to be your go-to foot doctor for everything from toenail fungus to sprained ankles. Call (212) 385-0801 or visit the website to learn more. 

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