5 Ways to Avoid Foot Pain Caused By High Heeled Shoes

5 Ways to Avoid Foot Pain Caused By High Heeled Shoes

 

According to some research, women who wear high heeled footwear are more likely to have serious foot pain and injuries requiring emergency department presentation. This may happen as wearing high heels forces your foot into an unnatural shape that can lead to some serious foot problems in future.  So are you making up your mind to give up on high heels? Well, here are some more health tips to avoid foot pain.

Wear Shoes of Right Size

 

You must always choose to wear a perfectly fitting pair of shoes to avoid foot pain. Choosing shoes that are too tight can put pressure on the toes or ankles. Too loose shoes may not be comfortable for walking

Slide in the Soft Insoles

 

This can help to reduce the impact on your knees and avoid foot pain

Don’t Wear Heels All Day Long

If your work demands a specific type of shoe with heels, try to carry it along and wear more comfortable shoes, such as athletic or walking shoes for commuting to and from work

Stretch Your Legs

 

If you have a sitting job take a break in between to stretch your legs

Consider Massage to Relieve the Pain

 

Massage improves blood circulation, which increases supply of nutrients and oxygen. It also relieves muscle tension, stretches tight ligaments and reduces stiffness.

If you have made up your mind to try everything possible to avoid foot pain you cannot miss a relaxing massage at Four Fountains De-Stress Spa.  Click here to check different massages and book an appointment. 

High Heel Lover, Do You Have An Aching Foot?

High Heel Lover, Do You Have An Aching Foot?

 

Planning to buy your next pair of high heeled stilettos? Think again! A new study conducted at the Stanford University Medical Center (US) reveals that women, who wear high heels regularly are at increased risk of developing arthritis later in life.

High-heeled shoes are undoubtedly stylish and many women can’t have enough pairs. With increasing popularity of western dressing styles many office going women prefer to dress up in stylish high heeled footwear. However, many of us don’t look beyond the stylish appearance of high heels. There seem to be several side effects of wearing high heels. Apart from making you uncomfortable and causing foot pain, on prolonged use it can have some serious effects on your health.

One research study found that, nearly 64 percent of women who were regular users of high heeled shoes at some point in their life reported hind-foot pain. Studies also report that people who wear high heeled footwear are more likely to have serious foot pain and injuries requiring emergency department presentation.

Foot pain is one of the most common complains reported by working professionals. It is mainly caused due to injury to the bones, ligaments, tendons or nerves and can be felt in the heel, toes, arch, instep, or bottom of foot (sole). As per one recent study, nearly 13 out of 100 officer goers in India report ankle or foot pain. In women, regular use of high heels has been reported as a major cause of foot pain.

The tissues, muscles or bones of our feet are capable of bearing all the weight of our body. However excessive mechanical pressure or the force causes tissue damage in the foot. The side effects of wearing high heels don’t just remain limited to the foot area, over time it starts to shorten the muscles in your calves and in your back, leading to pain and muscle spasms. Regular use of high heel shoes damages the Achilles tendon, which is a large ropelike band of fibrous tissue in the back of the ankle. Experts suggest that, in some women this tendon gets irreversibly affected, so that even if you stop wearing high heeled shoes, the pain still persists. Wearing high heels forces your foot into an unnatural shape that can lead to some serious foot problems in future.

So what are you planning to do to avoid foot pain?

5 Do’s and Don’ts For Back Pain

5 Do’s and Don’ts For Back Pain

Low back pain is one of the most commonly observed pain conditions. About 90 percent of the world’s population faces this kind of pain once in lifetime. The common causes of back pain include muscle strain, slip disc, arthritis, serious injury to back etc. However, some lifestyle factors such as cigarette smoking, physical inactivity, and prolonged sitting can also lead to back pain.

Ignoring the initial stage of minor or acute back pain can lead to chronic pain that can significantly impact physical, mental and social life. Therefore, there is a clear need to increase our awareness and bring in some healthy changes in our lifestyle in order to prevent back pain.

Here are some do’s and don’ts that you should remember while doing your routine activities to prevent back pain.

 

Four Culprits of Low Work Productivity You Should Not Ignore

Four Culprits of Low Work Productivity You Should Not Ignore

 

Work stress has become a major reason of low work productivity in many organizations. Research suggests that employees who are stressed are more likely to show poor engagement, high absenteeism and be less motivated at work. This causes a significant impact on the corporate sector in terms of high attrition, high healthcare costs/premiums and low work productivity.

Many employees blame low interest in their job, poor management team, conflicts between co-workers, or even lack of direction for their lack of performance. However, the root causes could be very personal and related to one’s health. Did you know that lack of adequate sleep, mental conditions such as anxiety or some pain disorders can lower your work performance? Here we have listed some statistics from Indian workforce and how health condition can actually be the real culprits of your low work productivity

Pain

Pain is the most common medical problem experienced by general population.

  • As per one study conducted in India, nearly 30 percent of production workers and 12 percent of office workers report more than seven days of sick leave due to chronic low back pain
  • More than 80 percent people using computers for more than four hours complain of back pain
  • Nearly 77 percent computer professionals report eye pain, headache, pain/stiffness in neck , shoulder and lower back pain

Lack of Sleep

As suggested by the sleep guidelines (from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute), adults need to sleep for about 7 to 8 hours daily. Adequate sleep is necessary for normal functioning of our brain. However, almost a third of Indian working professionals sacrifice sleep to fit in personal and work commitments. People who do not get enough sound sleep at night tend to be less motivated, irritated and lethargic during day. Since poor sleep is associated with decreased alertness, impaired judgment, and poor physical coordination, it can lead to low productivity.

Anxiety

It is fairly common for most of us to be worried about everyday issues. However, being constantly worried or anxious can eventually start taking a toll on our health. Accordingly to some statistics, nearly 55 percent Indians working in call centre report suffering from anxiety due to work stress. Too much worry may show physical symptoms such as racing heart, excessive sweating, restlessness, chest pain and sleeplessness. In addition, people with excessive anxiety have low energy levels and show poor concentration at work.

Fatigue

A stressful lifestyle leaves most of the working professionals mentally and physically tired.  The feeling of weariness, tiredness, or lack of energy is called fatigue, which can directly impact your ability to think and function normally. People who are fatigued show poor concentration and attention at work. Fatigue not only leads to lower efficiency at work, but also increases risk of accidents and injuries.

Work stress affects almost every employee in the corporate sector. It is not possible to change the scenario overnight, and avoid the stressors in your life. Modern lifestyle will always be full of turmoil and tensions. It’s you, who needs to take control of your health. Cigarette smoking or consuming too much coffee to overcome stress is extremely unhealthy. There are some great natural ways to de-stress yourself. Meditation, yoga practices, massage therapies, etc. are some of the healthy ways to manage your stress.

De-stress yourself by trying a relaxing Aromatherapy Massage and take the first step towards eliminating the culprits of low work productivity from your professional life.