Now every girl knows high-heels make your legs look longer and your body look slimmer. These are just two of the reasons why we force our feet into them when heading out to dance, whether in a bar, club or at a dance class.
Unfortunately, high-heels also have a detrimental effect on our feet and at the end of a dance session, many women are often left with blisters, cuts and various aches and pains in their ankles and calves.
So how can we carry on wearing heels, which make us feel so good in the beginning when we first start dancing and stop the bad effects at the end?
Practice makes perfect
As with anything, it is really important to practice dancing in your high-heels. You should never buy a new pair of high-heels and try and dance in them without having practiced a few times beforehand. All shoes need breaking in and no more so than high-heels.
When you first get your high-heels, you should walk around in them in your house for at least 15 minutes a time, making sure you do this at least once a day for a week before you’re planning on dancing in them.
Try doing a few different dance steps in the heels, including side steps and slow spins. You need to make sure you’re stable in them and that you’re able to stay upright. Make sure you try dance steps on both carpet and tiled floors since floor type can greatly affect your stability in heels.
Note where you feel unstable and what dance step you were doing and then avoid doing this when it comes to the actual day when you’re out dancing in your heels.
Work on your balance
One of the most important things you can do if you’re keen to continue dancing in your high-heels, is to improve your balance. Your body’s core muscles are really important to work on to get your balance right.
If you go to the gym or work out at home try to strengthen your abdominal wall and this will definitely help your ability to stay strong when dancing in heels. Pilates is also a very effective way of building up a strong core and will certainly help you maintain good grounding when dancing in your high heels.
Invest in a high-quality pair of gel inserts
Gel inserts are an absolute life-saver when it comes to dancing in heels. There are many different shapes and sizes available for high-heels so make sure you buy the correct ones for your shoes.
They work by reducing the amount of pressure on the soles and heels of your feet, which wearing high-heels naturally increases. They therefore make wearing high-heels a lot more comfortable and enable you to dance for longer without so many negative effects the next day (or at the end of the night).
Dancing in heels always requires planning and preparation!
One of the best tips to help you wear high-heels whilst dancing the night away is to only change into them when you actually reach the dance class, bar or club. There’s no point putting more pressure on your feet whilst travelling to and from location. Keep your heels in a bag until you reach your destination and then change into them and dance away to your heart’s content.
It’s also a good idea to warm up your muscles before putting your heels on. After all, you wouldn’t go running or play a team sport without warming up the muscles in your legs, so why would you go dancing for a few hours without warming up? It’s really important to get your calf muscles and ankles warmed up and stretched before dancing in heels since it will help to prevent injuries.
Laura writes for Danceforce. When not writing about girls’ ballroom dance shoes, she can often be found dancing the night away–over and over again.
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