High-Heel Help

November 11, 2009 at 12:52 pm , by

3335762590_9822628d7eSometimes you learn the best stuff by accident. A few weeks ago I was racing across town to meet friends for dinner when my high heel got stuck in a crack in the pavement. When I yanked it out, the rubber bottom of the heel came off. I was late so I kept running on the heel stub. And I discovered something wonderful—the foot in the broken shoe felt amazingly better because the heel was ¼ inch shorter.

Yes, I do know that stilettos aren’t what the doctor ordered. Heels over 2 inches can cause foot and back problems; over 3 inches and they put seven times the pressure on the ball of your foot that flats do.

The shoes had always been a bit too high to wear every day so, when I had them fixed, I asked the shoemaker if he could make the heels slightly shorter. He could! They’re now 2 inches instead of nearly 2 ½ and so comfortable I wear them all the time. It worked so well I had him cut down some brown ankle boots that had been getting dusty in my closet for the same reason.

As the Shoe Service Institute of America points out, there’s a limit to how much you can cut off and which kinds of heels can be shortened. But it’s worth a try! And if even lower heels don’t make your feet feel better, here’s more advice on what to try.

Photo by geishaboy500.

2 Responses to “High-Heel Help”

  1. High Heel Problems


  2. Most of the women do love their high heels, but if one loves to wear them most of the time, significant foot pain and other problems can rise, either can be a direct result of the wearing heels or exacerbated by them. Problems starts with common concerns like bunions, corns, and calluses to more complex issues like misshapen hammertoes or that excruciating pain in the ball of the foot that seems to grow worse with each passing year. With all these problems still, many women refuse to give up their high heels: As per a research by the American Podiatric Medical Association reflected that 42% of women admitted they would wear a shoe they liked even, if it is uncomfortable; 73% admitted already having a shoe-related foot issue.