Are High Heels Worth The Pain?

Did you know that a 7 stone woman can exert 1500 pounds pressure per one-sixteenth of a square inch in high heels vs. 75 pounds for an elephant? It's no wonder our feet get sore in high heels! In addition to your Achilles' tendons and calf muscles getting tight, a three-inch heel increases the pressures on your toes by 76%. Those heels may lead to beautiful looking legs but what a price to pay!

So how do we reduce foot pain associated with high heels?

If you must wear high heels, try to opt for wedges instead of pumps or stilettos to help reduce heel and toe pressure.

In addition to this, make sure to wear a supportive orthotic, insole or arch support like the Powerstep Slenderfit to help prevent and alleviate foot pain associated with wearing high heels.

It's also important to make sure you change out of your high heels during the day or in the evening to let those tired, achy legs and feet unwind. A great option to help you stretch in the evening, or even overnight, is the Powerstep Ultrastrech Night Sock. It provides a gentle stretch on your toes to get rid of the pain associated with Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis caused by overuse and prolonged wearing of high heels. 

And last, but not least, make sure to stretch your calf muscles and your Achilles' tendons frequently during the day for happy legs and feet for life.