The most important men in my life are Jeffrey Campbell, Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo and Christian Louboutin. Yes ladies, we’re talking shoes. But not just any type of shoes, high heels! As a shoe addict, I can’t begin to count the number of shoes I have in my closet and my car. I’m no Imelda Marcos, but I’m close. High heels can be a beautiful thing to wear, and adds attentions to your legs, but they can also cause damage to your foot if not worn properly.
“Women do love their high heels, but if you wear them all the time, significant foot pain and other problems can ensue, either as a direct result of the heels or exacerbated by them,” says Morris Morin, DPM, director of podiatric medicine at the Hackensack University Medical Center.
What’s not cute are bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, or that excruciating pain in the ball of the foot that will make a pair of high heels feel like a torture chamber. A survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association showed some 42% of women admitted they’d wear a shoe they liked even if it gave them discomfort; 73% admitted already having a shoe-related foot issue.
One way to lessen foot issues is to stay away from the towering Lady Gaga heels if you plan on being on your feet all day. Save those for nights out, where you’ll be sitting most of the time.
Also, cheap shoes are the worst for your feet. You’d want to pick a shoe that is higher quality, especially if they have shock absorbing materials. If you’re a baller on a budget, try to find a gel insert like Dr. Sholl’s High Heel Inserts, which will make your feet thank you.
Also, carry around a back up pair of flats, when you’re strutting down the street in your 5 inch heels. Not only does it pay to have a pair of flats with you, it can also save you money on heel repair from sidewalk damage.
You only get one pair of feet, make sure you keep them intact, even when you’re channeling your inner Naomi Campbell.