How To Have Happy Feet And Wear High Heels

Nothing makes a woman feel sexier and more dressed-up than a pair of killer high heels, but more often than not it’s a case of “no pain, no gain”. Take heart: there is a way to be a stiletto diva and still be kind to your feet, says Gonzalez, foot guru to top models such as Naomi Campbell, who worships at his feet for saving hers.

High heels change the position of your feet and your posture, with all the weight on the front of the feet, causing knee, hip and back problems, and major painful ailments, adds Gonzalez, a trained podiatrist who started specializing in pedicure – with the emphasis on “cure”, he says.

Wearing high heels

Hammer toes, fallen arches, dropped metatarsals and shortened calf tendons are all results of a life on heels. Yet, you can wear your Jimmy Choo‘s and Christian Louboutin‘s if you follow these rules:

• Keep the foot and leg muscles supple – bend and stretch your toes daily, pushing them firmly up against the wall while brushing your teeth, one minute for each foot.

• Keep up mobility of toes by stretching them out, rotating them, and pressing and pushing them up and down every night.

• Prevent corns and calluses from forming, by reducing friction, stress and burn with a fine layer of powder inside your shoes the finer the powder, the less dry your feet become.

• Wedge toe separators (such as those used in pedicures) between your toes for 10 minutes every evening to stretch them out. Or order a pair of YogaToes from the US (www. yogapro.com) – it is worth every cent.

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• Replump the cushion under the ball of your feet by massaging, pinching and gently slapping the tissue back into position, much like fluffing a pillow. Do the same for your heels. These fatty cushions get crushed with every step you take. Use a rich foot cream to massage your feet nightly, to keep up skin elasticity and prevent corns.

• Do not live in flipflops all summer long – they push the fat walls of the soles outwards, cause calluses on the side of the feet, reduce elasticity of soles and cause cracked heels, due to the slapping motion of the floppy soles against the feet. Massage your soles every night after wearing flipflops, and rather settle for sling-back flatties.

• Do not let toenails get too long – the friction when the toe pushes at an angle against a high-heeled shoe causes ridges, thickened toenails and injury to the nail matrix.

• Do not wear gel cushions in shoes all the time – just for parties. Your feet get used to them and they weaken production of your feet’s own fatty cushioning, resulting in excruciatingly painful, bony balls of the feet.

• Wear sneakers with rounded heels as often as you can to correct posture and walking action, preventing heavy legs and vein problems because of the correct upwards “pumping action” of feet and legs, aiding blood circulation.

• Avoid platform shoes – they cause the feet to lose flexibility and can trigger ankle injuries.

A pedicure at the Révérence de Bastion Studio lasts a full hour, and aims to save your feet and teach you how to take care of them. Visit www.bastiengonzalez.com