Tuesday, November 17, 2015

When it comes to shoes, nothing beats a high heel. Somehow, wearing a heel makes many of us feel not just taller, but more confident too.  But, the unfortunate truth is that sometimes, walking in heels can be dangerous. In fact, a new study found that injuries from stilettos are on the rise, especially among young women.

The 1st for Women Sisters with Blisters Protest Walk with Jacaranda FM takes place this Saturday (21 November) at Steyn City in Fourways. Many of the participants will be walking the 5km in high heels to show empathy and solidarity with survivors of abuse, and while this cannot compare to the strength it takes to be a survivor, it is a small way of saying, “We admire your strength, support you and stand with you.”

“If you are planning to wear high heels to the 1st for Women Sisters with Blisters protest walk with Jacaranda FM taking place on November 21st at Steyn City in Fourways, make sure you look after your feet and walk away with only a few blisters and not a more serious injury,” advises Robyn Farrell, Executive Head of 1st for Women Insurance.

Mastering the art of walking in high heels takes patience, practice, and a few practical measures. Follow these tips to make sure that when you walk against abuse, and heel to heal, you do so confidently:

  • It’s essential to make sure your shoes are right size. If they're too big, your foot will slide around awkwardly. Too small and your foot will feel cramped, which’ll will be painful.
  • For the best fit, get your foot size measured frequently. Your foot size changes over the years, even as much as one full size, especially after having kids.
  • If you’ve never walked in high heels before, don’t start with 5-inch stilettos — you could injure yourself. Try something smaller, like a 2-inch heels or a wedge to get used to the feeling. You can always work your way up to killer heels.
  • Engage your abs — this gives you poise and control. Walk heel to toe, which transfers impact to the leg instead of the ball of the foot.
  • If possible, choose a style that's made with a more substantial material. 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 the pressure.
  • Wearing heels naturally makes your stride shorter, so you’ll need to take more steps than usual. Take your time. Don’t expect to be able to walk as fast as you normally do.
  • Buy something that will give your feet some extra support like metatarsal or ball of the foot pads. It will hold your foot steadier in the shoe so your feet aren’t sliding forward as much, which will protect your toes.

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