**So, here’s part 2 of keeping your tootsies comfy and you looking amazing. You can read part 1 at http://drdarria.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/552/ to find out about how to buy the best heel. Now, read below for how to wear them, and what to do when you’re not in them.
(6) I am a HUGE fan of inserts. Dr Scholls makes some great ones, for all kinds of heels. They keep your foot in the right place (thus avoiding the slip forward and toe smoosh in a high heel), give some support, and they will make your feet so much happier. 🙂
(7) Make friends with your cobbler. The sole of many high heels is smooth–aka, very slippery. As soon as I get a new pair of heels, I take them to my friendly, lovely cobbler. He puts a strong rubber sole on the bottom (here, it’s CRUCIAL that you go to a good cobbler–you don’t want your new pair of dainty pumps to come back with a combat boot sole–you want the reinforced sole to be the same color as the old one, and be flush, so no one could ever tell), giving the shoe a good grip, more cushion, and a longer lifespan than a slick leather sole alone.
(8) Know that sometimes, you just grow apart: It’s a sad fact, that as we age, our feet continue to grow (what?!?). Due to periosteal bone growth (umm…aren’t there other places where growth would be nicer??), your shoes from college (or whatever is 10-20 years ago) may just be too small. The upside? Not only do you have an excuse to go shoe-shopping, you can call it MEDICAL NECESSITY!
TAKING THEM OFF
(8) Dont be monogamous (at least not with your shoes): It’s well-known in orthopedics that repetitive stress on any one part of the body is a bad thing, leading to stress fractures, callouses, and tendonitis. So, swap up your shoes, mixing in different heights/angles and toe shapes.
(9)Sometimes, you just need “space”: As soon as you take off your heels, give your Achilles and calves a good stretch, as high heels can shorten your Achilles tendon or give you tendonitis (click on the link here or here). Also, prevent (or treat it if you’re having symptoms) plantar fasciitis by stretching out the bottom of your feet –try rolling a tennis ball back and forth under each foot for 2-3 minutes.