Wearing high heels is often an expectation in the corporate field and other careers the like. For this reason, we have decided to provide 5 ways in which you can address the challenges and problems that come with wearing high heels on a daily basis. We understand that wearing high heels on a regular basis is not something that you can simply “stop doing”. Hence, our decision to focus on strengthening and conditioning your lower limb (from the hips down) for the demanding environment it is put through on a day-to-day basis. If you can’t change it, adapt to it!
Ingrown toenails. The infamous cause of toe pain for many individuals! The culprit behind it all (pain, swelling, redness, infection) is the nail itself!
What is it?
It is when your toenail grows into your skin, usually an area that we refer to as the lateral sulcus or lateral nail fold (Image bellow). This area becomes red, hot and swollen due to infection and irritation in the area.
Achilles tendinopathy is a common overuse injury affecting both athletes and the general population, leading to symptoms of pain, swelling and stiffness. The Achilles tendon originates from the calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) and inserts into the heel bone of the foot. (refer to image below). Overuse can cause damage to the tendon, which may ultimately lead to pain and stiffness.
Plantar fasciitis often presents as pain in the bottom of the heel. The plantar fascia is a band like structure that runs along the plantar (bottom) aspect on your foot. From your heel to your toes (refer to image). This structure can become painful due to local inflammation. This causes the plantar fascia to become thickened in size, which can be confirmed by ultrasound in most (but not all) cases. Tight calves are commonly associated with plantar fasciitis as it contributes to tightness along the band.