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The Best Party Shoes for Your Feet

The best party shoes for your feet

The Best Holiday Party Shoes

Yes, the holidays are upon us, and the fun begins. There is gift shopping and those holiday parties that we must attend. Although this is a great time of year, it can make our feet not like us very much. Hours of walking trying to find the perfect gift and then getting dressed up for those parties’ makes our feet ache.

Best Type of Shoes for Achy Holiday Feet

Now comes getting dressed for your holiday parties and not only do you want to be presentable, you want to be comfortable. As you stand there and stare at your assortment of shoes, you are thinking you just want to be comfortable. Of course, wearing those flip-flops are totally out. So, let’s discuss what type of shoes will not only keep you comfortable but will look great too.

For those who love the feel of boots, the newest and most stylish boots known as the classic riding boots are in. The riding boot comes in many styles and has a low heel with the perfect balance of arch support. The riding boot can be worn with pretty much anything including jeans and skirts. If you are one to suffer from foot pain when wearing dress shoes, then the riding boots are a must have to add to your wardrobe.

Riding boots vary in price from inexpensive to the very expensive. You know what your budget can afford and choosing wisely will save your feet a lot of aching in the end.

The Loved Flats

Time after time when we are looking for the perfect shoes to wear to an occasion we want those flats. The problem with flats is that they can cause blisters and make feet problems worse. There are flats available out there that are comfortable. When trying to find the perfect flats to compliment your outfit be sure to take your time and try them on. There is nothing worse than buying a pair of flats, and as you are wearing them your feet are blistering and it hurts to move your toes. Hurting feet with blisters and feet with lumps and bumps is not what you are trying to achieve. Be sure there is some support and an arch to help keep your feet comfortable.

The Dress Heels

If you cannot find anything that will go with your outfit except for dress heels then, you can still pull the look off and be comfortable. Choose dress shoes with heels that have a smaller heel to them. Dress shoes with a heel of less than three inches will keep you from damaging your feet and keeping you comfortable at the same time. For those who are searching for the perfect dress heels, the best shoes to search are known as kitten heels.

If you are experiencing foot pain and changing the types of shoes you are wearing is not bringing relief than it may be wise to contact Quality Foot Care.

Ladies, Spring is Coming! How Do Your Heels Look?

sandals and your feet

It’s time to break out your favorite sandals.

Now that spring is approaching and you’ll be walking around barefoot at the pool before long, it’s time to start repairing your dry, cracked heels. Women everywhere complain about the appearance of their heels, but are unaware of the root of the problem. Most women’s unsightly heels are caused by dryness of the skin or calluses that crack and break under pressure because the skin has lost its elasticity—this much is obvious enough. But what causes the dry skin and calluses that crack to develop in the first place? Sometimes it’s just genetics, but standing for long periods of time on hard floors, wearing ill-fitting shoes, low humidity, circulation problems, hormonal conditions, and vitamin deficiencies can all be factors of the less than satisfactory appearance of your heels.

With less than three months until the pools open, what can you do to fix the dry, cracking skin on your heels? The quickest way to avoid embarrassment related to your feet is to visit your podiatrist, who can safely remove dry skin and leave your heels looking better than ever. A podiatrist can teach you what creams are best for your skin type and give you expert advice as to whether or not your cracked heels could be caused by a more serious condition (such as diabetes or a thyroid problem). If you are experiencing bleeding from the cracks in your heels, your podiatrist can also teach you how to strap your heels together with sports tape to hold the cracks together while they heal.

Dr. Lefkowitz is Doylestown’s leading specialist in foot and ankle care, and making an appointment at Quality Foot Care can ensure that your feet look and feel great this spring. Call 215-230-9707 today, and you will receive the treatment you need as well as expert advice for proper home care.  

 

New Foot Spray or Magic: Is There a Solution for High Heel Pain?

Lady Gaga in one of her many crazy pairs of heels at the MuchMusic Video Awards.

After last week’s blog post, you know that high heeled shoes and pain are synonymous, but before you throw out your favorite pair of stilettos, listen to this:  a new company called Biochemistry has developed a foot spray that supposedly relieves high-heel pain.

Heel No Pain, as it will appear in stores, is set to be released in less than two weeks. It will be available at Walgreens and Footlocker in two sizes: 1-oz for $15 or a larger tube for $32. It is most likely another expensive product with false claims, but there is some science behind it: it is a painkiller with a heat treatment that allows it to penetrate the skin. Unlike when getting an injection, Heel No Pain allegedly does not take away protective pain reflexes. The main ingredient is a common anesthetic, Lidocaine, and the product is already FDA approved.

To take advantage of the benefits of Heel No Pain, you must spray your foot with it 10 to 15 minutes before heading out in your heels (or any other shoe that gives you discomfort, for that matter) to allot time for it to kick in. The product’s claim is that you will then be able to experience 2 to 3 hours of pain-free walking. The properties of this spray seem almost magical, and since it is so new, it should be interesting to monitor how effective it is in providing pain relief.

If you have any questions, or would like a professional opinion on new products like Heel No Pain, call Dr. Lefkowitz at 215-230-9707, or schedule a visit at his Doylestown office, Quality Foot Care.

 

Dangers of Wearing High Heels: Don’t Buy Those Heels Before Reading This!

What do stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Paris Hilton, Katie Holmes, and Jennifer Aniston, all have in common? The answer is unsightly feet, as a result of improper footwear. Many women make the fashion choice to walk around in high heels on a daily basis, to the detriment of their feet. Wearing proper shoes is important, and female A-listers have learned the hard way.

Human feet simply were not made to walk in high-heeled shoes. Wearing certain heels can put the ball of the foot at almost a 90 degree angle, concentrating too much pressure on the front of the foot. Other than straining the feet and causing unsightly veins to develop (such as Jennifer Aniston has experienced), people who wear stilettos every day can also develop calluses, corns, capsulitis (painful inflammation of the joints where the toes attach to the foot), Achilles tendonitis (stretching of the muscle that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone), plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the connective tissue at the bottom of the foot), neuromas (pinched nerves), and even stress fractures.

So, what is the ideal footwear? In order to keep your foot at a natural angle, flatter shoes (but not flimsy, they must have heel support) are your best choice. When purchasing new shoes, the most important thing is to make sure that the fit is right to avoid pinching and rubbing that can cause complications. While sizing for new shoes, make sure both feet are measured because they may not be the same size. Also, a shoe should conform as much as possible to the shape of the widest part of your foot, and ideally, there should be room to wiggle your toes. Another tip is to purchase your shoes at the end of the day, when your feet tend to be the most swollen, to account for changes in foot size.

Many women feel that there is pressure to wear high heels in order to look professional in their jobs. If this is unavoidable, at least try to choose heels two inches or under, and wear other shoes until you arrive at work. Spend as much time as possible in the proper footwear so when you do wear heels, you will not experience pain and complications.

If you have any questions about your shoes or special footwear options, call Dr. Lefkowitz at 215-230-9707, or give him a visit in his Doylestown office.