High heels may be the root cause of your plantar fasciitis symptoms. Regular heels wearers may experience heel pain, but those who abruptly change from heels to flats might be doing even worse damage. Learn how to wean yourself off your high heels slowly to avoid harming your calves.
High heels and your heel pain
Causes of painful heels can be directly traced back to high heel use in some pairs of feet. If you wear heels routinely for many years, your calf muscles are likely to shrink. Suddenly curbing high heel use and switching to flat-heeled shoes can cause excessive damage to the Achilles tendon in those shrunken calves, and the tendon may rip and tear. Instead of switching immediately from high heels to no heels, try an intermediate height to slowly wean yourself away. Knock a few inches off your normal heel height to bring yourself back down to ground level slowly.
You don’t have to change your high heels to experience painful plantar fasciitis symptoms — you just need to wear them to do that. When you wear high heels you change the weight distribution in your body. Your normal gait is affected the moment you put on high heels. Your feet are responsible for bearing all of your weight, and even distribution is the healthiest thing you can possibly do for your heels. Going barefoot is much better than wearing high heels in terms of foot health.
Other shoes you shouldn’t be wearing
High heels are among the heel pain causes that lead to plantar fasciitis symptoms, but they’re probably not the only unsafe shoes you’ve got in your closet. Flip-flops, mules and sandals that slip on may also change the way you walk. Shoes that don’t offer any ankle or heel connections force the toes to grip when walking, which can deform toes and create painful symptoms. Wear supportive, cushioning shoes or add orthotics and inserts to your existing (flat) pairs to keep heels healthy and avoid painful plantar fasciitis sympoms.
Treating plantar fasciitis symptoms
Avoiding plantar fasciitis symptoms is ideal, but not always possible. Even normal walking and exercise can lead to painful symptoms. Try massage and ice to ease the pain away. The ice will help cool the inflammation, while the massage will relax tense muscles. Stretch daily to keep tendons healthy and prevent plantar fasciitis symptoms. Regular stretching exercises upon waking, before sleeping and before and after activity will help you avoid and treat heel pain.
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