A few weeks ago, I attended a holiday party and decided to forego my usual style of casual, flat footwear. I wanted to rock something new and different, so I put on my high-heeled boots and was ready to make an impression. I made an impression alright! By the time I had walked from the car to the front door of my host’s home, I was in so much pain. I had forgotten that high heels and I do not have an amicable relationship. How I made it through that evening is beyond me. Just standing in a crowded room of people, superficially chatting the evening away, even a glass of wine (or two) could not numb the pain in my feet. “Why did I put myself through this misery?” I quietly asked of myself.
Sure, my feet and legs probably looked spectacular from the outside, but the look of sheer discomfort on my face probably told the other guests one of two things: (1) this gal is clearly not interested in what I am saying, or (2) she looks constipated. Either way, by the end of the evening, I could not wait to get those puppies off my feet. I rode home barefoot, massaging my feet while my husband drove. I have put those boots far back into the recesses of my closet, never to be heard from again. The only time I will ever attempt to wear them again is if I can just sit down for the entire time. Otherwise, it’s comfortable “grandma” shoes for me.
Did you know that the shoes you wear bear a huge impression on your overall bone health and structure? (Just one look at me walking in those boots of mine would suggest I was either staggering drunk or suffering from some strange disease rendering me unable to walk upright and with style … or both!) One of the best ways to protect your bones is to change your footwear. For the best balance, opt for sturdy and supportive shoes made of canvas or leather that can be held snug to the foot with laces or Velcro. (Like I said…”Grandma” shoes!) If you really have to wear heels, make sure they are low. Do you really need to be seven feet tall? Opt for flexible soles that are not so thick that you cannot feel the ground.
Roughly 50 percent of falls are due in part to improper footwear.