Happy feet!

How does that song by Cab Calloway go? “Happy feet! I’ve got those hap-hap-happy feet! Give them a low-down beat. And they begin dancing!”

Like most of us from time to time I love to dress up, put on my fashionable high heels and dance the night away! But, from time to time, we need to come down from the dizzy heights, because high heels can also cause problems. Although those heeled shoes create a natural arch it means our feet are constantly at an angle, and high heels can shorten the calf muscles (back of the lower leg). The high heels put pressure on the ball of the foot as well as weakening the ankle area and the backs of our legs can feel stiff when we take them off. Those killer heels are OK for high days and holidays, but not for every day if we want our legs and back to stay strong and healthy.

The average, moderately active person walks around 7,500 steps a day. If they maintain that daily average and live until 80, they will have walked about 216,262,500 steps in their lifetime. By 80 the average person with average stride will have walked around 110,000 miles. So, it stands to reason that feet sometimes develop lumps and bumps as a result of all that activity! This year many of us are wearing fashionable ballet pumps or canvas shoes. I admit I am, but are flat shoes any better for us? Many have very thin soles and offer our feet and ankles little or no support, and can change the way we walk encouraging our arches to drop. As a result, more strain may be put on our knees and back. So for everyday use, a sandal, shoe or boot with a low broad heel is a more comfortable option.

Some shoes, especially fashionable stilettos can exacerbate many common foot complaints, so when I wear my killer heels for an event I make sure I keep a pair of flats in my handbag to change into when my feet become too uncomfortable. When I feel pain I act fast – I refuse to become a slave to fashion, because it’s a well-known fact that discomfort shows on the face!

A change is as good as a rest applies to my footwear, and what a relief it can be. I feel better immediately and once again with happy feet…. I feel like dancing!

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