The holidays are here once again and we all can expect plenty of opportunities to get dressed up and have fun with style! However, for a lot of holiday-celebrators, especially women, this may mean putting on footwear that's as painful as it is pretty. But while a great look comes at a price, you still don't have to look good while your health suffers. Wearing an narrow, poorly-fitting pair of shoes can worsen serious foot conditions such as hammertoe, Morton's neuroma and bunions. High heels can even lead to degenerative joint disease and osteoarthritis. The good news is that you no longer have to sacrifice comfort when it comes to style while choosing shoes. If of countles women who would rather focus their attention on the holiday company than on how uncomfortable her shoes are this holiday season, consider these tips when planning your holiday wardrobe.
How and Where to Buy:
In an article, famous Elizabeth Kurtz DPM advises readers to go shopping for shoes in the afternoon rather than the morning. Our feet tend to swell as the day progresses, meaning your feet are usually their largest later in the day. Dr. Kurtz goes on to recommend heading to a major department store or extended-service shoe seller. Kurtz remarked “They tend to have an excellent selection of footwear in various sizes and widths". A bit of online searching could save you some money.
Buy some riding boots.
If you've got plans for a social-gathering that's considered “dressy-casual”, this is a perfect opportunity to don one of the most sophisticated looks of the season: riding boots. These boots don't have much of a heel, so they’re great quality comfort wear. These shoes go great with everything from a jeans/ sweater outfit to your favorite evening dress and pea coat.
Narrow your search, not your heels.
If you own heels with super-pointy toes, you surely won’t be surprised to hear that they can have a hand the onset of hammertoes and bunions. This happens because footwear with narrow toes (as well as many with square or oval toes) contorts the wearer's foot into an unorthodox position. Round-toed variations tend to be more comfortable and less damaging to the wearer's feet. For a new take on round-toed shoes, get some Oxfords or ballet flats (both styles can be purchased with extra arch support).
More Modest Heels.
If you can't bear to part with, opt for ones under three inches. The reason? According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, three inch heels can put 7 times more pressure on the balls of your feet than flats. With too much wear, this type of footwear can lead to back pain, Achilles tendinitis and even Morton's neuroma. To prevent these conditions, be sure to limit the amount of time you spend wearing your heels to only a few hours on special occasions and make sure to stretch your feet and calves after you've taken the shoes off.