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Fashion V/S Falling: For Seniors, the Choice is Simple

Bill Case - October 10, 2018 10:55 AM

Why does fashion have to hurt? It’s a question I’m sure women will be asking themselves frequently this Sunday as the 65th Annual Emmy Awards kicks off the Red Carpet fun. Yes, it’s time to hook up with you favorite or often times famous designer who is just daring women to fit into that breathtaking dress and those cutting edge ostentatious shoes influencing the masses on the runway. There has never been so much beauty and glamour in one night, destined to be overshadowed by the aches and pains lying just beneath those radiant curves.

So, how does the perfect starlet who is out on the night of her life, wearing her perfectly fit ensemble, overcome her fear of falling from her 6 inch mini-support shoes? This is the question I was asked by my friend Adryenn Ashley, who will be on the red carpet on Sunday and wants to make sure she stays upright, not toppled over.

The answer is easy, buy the right shoes.   The shoes you wear today, will be the pain you experience tomorrow.
Millions of women every year buy shoes which are too small for their feet.  According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, 88 percent of American women had worn shoes which were to tiny for their feet.  87 percent of women have suffered due to painful footwear. Let’s think about it. Every time we take a step, our feet are supporting 3 times our body weight. So when your weight increases, so does the pressure on your feet leading to more pain. How can you reverse this vicious cycle.

A few tips about about your shoes:

•    There is no substitute for fitting.  Get measured and don’t buy a shoe just because the tag says it’s your size.
•    Shoe shop later in the day when your feet are at their largest size.
•    Round toes are best because it leaves room for your toes to move.
•     Wedge shoes are more stable and supportive for your foot and ankle.
•    Even if the shoe is a little tight, have them stretched.

We all know to well the problems of too tight shoes.   Bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, aching feet, blisters, corns and calluses are just waiting around the corner.  Not to mention the most serious health problem with too tight of shoes and that is falling.

One thing for certain is that all is not lost. I recommend stretching your toes back and forth each morning, during the day and in the evening to prevent the tendons of your feet from shortening. Also, leaning against the wall with one leg back and the other forward to stretch your calf and Achilles tendon to prevent heel pain and calf cramps.  When sitting, if possible, slip out of your shoes and let your feet breath and increase your toe and foot circulation.

Standing calf raises at home during the day when out of your high heels will strengthen your calf muscles and ankle for support. Also, when barefoot, try picking up one leg about an inch off the floor and balance on the standing leg for 5-10 seconds and repeat with the other leg, 5 times. This will help your balance to prevent those unnecessary falls.  Similarly, try standing in your red carpet gown at home without shoes. Now, stand on one foot to condition your leg, while body balancing with your red carpet dress.

A few tips to prevent falls:

Walk and see your surroundings like you're driving a car at night with your headlights on.
Use your low lights to see what’s in front of you 6 feet away.
Use your bright lights to look at the ground ahead of you to check out steps, stairs or obstacles in your path. This will help negotiate the red carpet walk and avoid those unnecessary cords, steps and exit out of the car in true red carpet fashion.

These tips will help decrease feet pain, prevent embarrassing falls and allow time to pick up your feet, your dress and be ready to move like a star.  Falling off your shoes isn’t an inevitable result of the red carpet walk. Although a long hem on a dress just might be!

Bill Case is the #1 Bestselling Author of Stand Tall, Don’’t Fall.  NASA astronauts, NFL, NBA and MLB Athletes, Professional Ballet Dancers, and more than 85,000 other patients over the course of his 34 year career have benefitted from his expertise in physical therapy.

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