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Keeping Your Tootsies Healthy

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We are so excited for Fashion Week in NYC but hopping around to shows and parties means that our precious feet may take a beating. Despite the aches, cramps, and sore ankles, some of us women are gluttons to our über high heels.

We recently learned from, Lou Paradise, president and chief of research at Topical BioMedics, Inc., that wearing high heels can lead to a host of problems like Achilles tendonitis, sprained ankles, pain, blisters, aching feet, hammertoes, corns and calluses and knee strain!

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Since some of us won'??t be giving up our heels any time soon, the best solution is to give tired, aching feet some extra TLC. Check out some interesting by Topical BioMedics shared on how to keep your feet healthy, comfortable and pain-free:

  • Choose comfortable high-heeled shoes that fit well. As we age, our feet expand, so it's a good idea to have your feet measured periodically.
  • Choose to try on shoes at the end of your day since they swell throughout the day when you stand and walk around.
  • Try on both pairs of shoes, as your feet may not be identical in size and the shoes may not be identical in size as well.
  • Consider high heeled shoes with an '??air bag'? or very comfortable sole that protects your feet from rubbing and provides shock absorption. Also get a cushy insert if your heels don'??t have a padded sole.
  • Spend less time perched on high heels. Limit your walking and standing when wearing high heels, and whenever possible give your feet a break during the day by switching to sneakers or flats, at least for a while.
  • Stretch tight shoes with shoe stretchers to make them more comfortable.
  • Elevate your legs for 15 or 20 minutes to reduce swelling. This is especially important if you tend to cross your legs, which hinders circulation and causes blood to '??pool'? in your feet.
  • Massage your legs and feet after wearing high heels. Running your feet over a reflexology roller or golf ball is an effective way to massage the soles.

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