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November 2016

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Surviving the holiday season in high style

Holiday parties are all about sparkle and for many women that means cocktail dresses, bling and an elegant pair of high heels. Unfortunately, what looks great in the evening, often doesn’t feel good in the morning, especially when it comes to high heels. As a Canadian Certified Pedorthist, I’ve treated patients with foot, back and knee injuries that have stemmed from high heels and I often get asked if it’s possible to wear high heels to a party without suffering the following day and beyond.

High heels cause pain because they unnaturally force your weight onto the ball of your foot, a part of the body that is not designed to bear weight for an extended period. The pain is compounded as raising your heel shortens your calf muscles which forces the muscles in your knees, hips, pelvis and lower back, to work harder than normal to stop you from falling forward. The higher the heel the more your body is forced to compensate.

Sweaty Feet

My feet are so sweaty it’s embarrassing.

Jokes abound about smelly, sweaty feet, however, if you persistently have wet, uncomfortable feet you know it is no laughing matter. Sweating helps our bodies cool down, but if your feet sweat profusely in hot weather and cold, you may have Hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excessive sweating. In addition to being unpleasant and often embarrassing, sweaty feat can cause a host of other foot conditions including blisters, plantar warts and athlete’s foot.

If you are suffering from sweaty feet, here are some tips to help ease your discomfort and reduce the risk of developing sores, fungus and other skin conditions: