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The Pain Of Wearing High Heeled Shoes

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This week I have a great story about a friend of mine and her 15 year old daughter. Gabbi Guihot is an amazing 15 year old girl. She has represented Australia in Miss Teen Universe in 2015, and now has a wildcard entry into this pageant this year as well.  If she wins on the Gold Coast next week she will go to Florida in August for the international final.

So what does it take to get to this level of competition?  About 1000 hours in high heels, it seems.

I am not kidding here. Gabbi dances approximately 30 hours a week (where does she find the time?), so she knows what foot pain is like. Although Gabbi is only 15 she already has arthritic changes in her feet. But this did not prepare her for wearing high heel shoes for over 12 hours a day.

So what type of advice would I give Gabbi about wearing heels?

  1. Make sure you are wearing the correct shoe size for your feet.

Seems obvious doesn’t it? But many women are wearing shoes that are too small for them.. Your foot size changes over the years, even as much as one full size, especially after having kids. Have your feet sized once a year, and do it if you’ve never had it done. Have your feet measured when you’re buying shoes, for width and for length as well.

  1. The thicker the heel, the better.
    Avoid thin heels, the stilettos. They cause your foot to wobble around. I know that sometimes your dress is just going to call for a stiletto. That’s fine, as long as it’s something that’s occasional. If you’re wearing stilettos every day, you might want to consider a chunkier heel style and change it up a bit.
  1. Avoid thin soles, opting instead for a platform.
    Thin soles will almost always give you pain on the bottom of your foot. You want a thicker sole or a little bit of a platform, which will offset some of the pressure when you’re walking. A rubbery kind of material will absorb that pressure.
  1. Take breaks.
    Kick your shoes off throughout the day and stretch your ankles and toes.
  1. Stretch your feet after you take your shoes off.
    The stretches that you’ll want to do are the stretches that will target the front of the foot and ankle, like pointing your toes down, and pulling your toes up with a strap to get the Achilles’ tendon and the calf muscles. And then side to side.
  1. Try a shoe with more coverage up top.
    The more coverage you have on the top of your foot, the better. Sometimes high-heeled boots are actually something you can wear all day and they don’t bother your feet as much. In the summer, you can try something with an ankle strap or a big wide strap across the top. If you’re prone to blisters and friction, you might want to try that style, something that covers more of the top of your foot.
  1. Those over-the-counter shoe inserts really do help.
    Try the over-the-counter products that market themselves for high heels. They are called metatarsal or ball-of-the-foot pads. They are oval-shaped pads that go under the ball of the foot, usually made from a silicone gel. They combat soreness under the ball of the foot. Especially if it’s made of silicone, it will hold your foot steadier in the shoe so your feet aren’t sliding forward as much, which will protect your toes from friction and blisters.photo 1

We want to wish Gabbi all the best next week for the pageant.  It would be great if everyone could support a home grown beauty like Gabbi  #GabbiGuihot #yougogirl

Thanks for reading

Narelle

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