10,000 steps a day!

Every day is the same dilemma.. Heels or Chucks Taylor ? It is no secret that high heel shoes have been linked to a range of problems - from corns to schizophrenia!! Woman have about four times as many foot problems as men do. Also, the pain can be worse for women who are overweight, have arthritis, or have a high/flat arches. In my case, it's arthritis and back problem so I had to think of a solution! Obviously, no one expects ME to completely stop wearing heels!!

Here are a few high heels tips:
  • Limit your wear time for special occasions and for shorter days! Did you know that people take an average of 10,000 steps a day?
  • Wait for the afternoon or at the end of the day to buy shoes.
  • Buy soft, high-quality leather or suede, not synthetics! Patent leather, plastic and fabric doesn't stretch to accommodate the foot.
  • Brake in the shoes by wearing them around the house with thin socks for a few hours daily
  • Wedges and platforms are comfortable but for even more comfort you can ask your shoe repair guy to add rubber soles.
  • Try those Dr.schools insoles. They can make a 3 inch heel feel like a 2 inch heel by distributing stress from your forefoot to the middle of your arch. They are less than $10 and your feet and knee will thank you at the end of the day!
  • Stretching your toes after taking off your shoes can be quite helpful. This helps the circulation to the poor little tootsies that are cramped in your shoes.
  • Stretch your Achilles tendon and calf muscles every day.
  • Try gripping a light towel and holding your foot up. It will strengthen some muscles you used when wearing heels.
  • Give yourself foot massage rolling your feet back and forth over a tennis ball.
Did you know that there is a few studies that suggest that wearing high heels may improve your pelvic floor muscles and boost your sex life!

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