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:
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.
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.
Please do get in touch with Michael via firstname.lastname@example.org or email him at Bristol Physio.