A study conducted by The College of Podiatry revealed that it takes an average of 1 hour, 6 minutes and 48 seconds for high heel wearers to start feeling foot pain.
And one in five women (20%) say they start feeling pain within just 10 minutes.
High heels are beautiful, inspiring, confidence-building, outfit-making, and a must-have for any fashionable woman.
But wearing them for 10 minutes or even 1 hour before the pain sets in is just awful.
So what are women to do?
:: Strengthen and stretch feet.
One of the best ways to prevent high heel pain is to strengthen and stretch the more than 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles located in our feet and toes. Here are a few simple exercises to help prevent high heel pain.
:: Regularly measure feet.
According to a study conducted by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, 88% of women routinely wear shoes that are too small.
:: Find an ideal heel height.
Some women are most comfortable in kitten heels or low wedges, while others feel right at home in 4 inch heels. But why? Dr. Emma Supple, a London podiatrist, says it’s all in the structure and flexibility of your foot. When relaxed, the foot has a natural incline. This is the position in which the foot feels most comfortable. It is also your ideal heel height according to Dr. Supple. Learn more here.
:: Use Vivian Lou Insolia weight-shifting insoles.
To prevent pain caused by high heels, consider adding Vivian Lou Insolia weight-shifting insoles to any shoe with a 2 inch heel or higher. These amazing insoles adjust the pitch and position of the foot in high heels so you can wear them 4x longer without pain.