Anxious Feet: Will Your Feet Miss Working From Home?

Biomechanical Podiatrist Michael Thompson is sharing his thoughts on wearing high heels after a long break.

With offices opening up and in-person meetings happening again, the drive to look and feel smart in our footwear is coming back. I have had it said to me already that abandoning our comfortable shoes going back into hard leather shoes and heels is 'such a pain'.

Looking at the reasons why:

  • If your heel is an inch (2.5cm) higher than the front of your shoe you change your balance and increase the pressure through the front of your foot.
  • With the increased pressure on the front of your foot every step you take, your foot is pushed down into the shoes toe box (front of the shoe). Generally, the shape of a heeled shoe toe box is narrow and shallow so this will compress the foot.
  • The change in the mechanics of your foot being in a heel means you shorten your calf muscle which leads to walking differently with or without heels. As this does not allow you to pivot over your ankle and instead you lift your heel early, this leads to the gluteal muscles (your bum) not working and can lead to hip and lower back pain.
  • Walking in a higher heel also means you cannot walk 'heel-to-toe' like we are meant to so this will lead to an altered gait.

foot pain after wearing high heels

All is not lost.

Wearing heels for short periods of time will make some difference but not a massive impact. Consider wearing comfortable shoes or trainers with arch support to and from the office so you spend less time in the heels. Remember to stretch your calves regularly as this helps prevent future problems. And when you get home, particularly with summer approaching, remember that your feet need work/life balance too - give them a mini spa break, with a pair of sandals or flip-flops with appropriate arch support and heel cushioning.

About Michael: 

Michael graduated in 2001 with an honours degree in Podiatry from Glasgow Caledonian University. Starting his career in York he developed a great interest in the biomechanical aspect of Podiatry. Moving to Australia for 18 months allowed further education and development of his biomechanical skills. For the last 13 years he has worked as the lead biomechanical Podiatrist in North Somerset with the Musculoskeletal Service. 

biomechanical podiatrist Michael Thompson Bristol Physio

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