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It’s springtime and you know what that means: it’s time for Keeneland! The Keeneland racecourse is a beautiful place to spend a day out with friends, family, or your special someone. If you’re looking for the perfect Keeneland shoes, there are a few things to keep in mind.

High Heels Can Cause Foot Pain

Do you have a favorite pair of heels? You know the ones. That go-to pair that makes you feel elegant and beautiful. Well, I hate to break it to you ladies, but it’s important to avoid stilettos or other high heels. They may be sexy, but they can also lead to foot pain and injuries.

Calluses

When someone wears high heels for an extended period of time, the pressure on their feet can cause the formation of calluses on the balls of their feet. These calluses can be quite painful and can make it difficult to walk. Treatments include trimming the callus and using a callus remover stick called Heal. Heal contains urea, which reduces dead skin buildup. A pumice stone can also help reduce buildup. However, we do not recommend the use of a Ped Egg. I have seen too many patients that have obtained wounds from using a Ped Egg when pumice stones work well and won’t cause a wound. You can also use a product called Buff to exfoliate your skin.

Neuroma

Wearing high heels can also cause a neuroma. A neuroma is a pinched nerve that can develop in any part of the body. However, when it develops in the foot, it is commonly referred to as a “Morton’s neuroma”. This condition is caused by repetitive pressure and irritation to the nerves in the foot.

High heels, and other closed-toe, pointed shoes, are one of the most common causes of neuromas. The elevated heel position puts stress on the toes and ball of the foot, which can cause the nerves to become compressed and irritated. This can lead to pain, numbness, tingling, and a burning sensation in the foot

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor to prevent condition from becoming worse. Treatment for a neuroma may include wearing wider shoes, using orthotics, a steroid injection and/or taking medication to relieve pain and inflammation. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the nerve tumor. Laser therapy is also a treatment option to relieve pain and inflammation.

What Shoes Should You Wear?

To prevent any of these foot ailments, consider a shoe with a lower heel. This will provide your foot with more support and stability. Try looking for a wedge. It doesn’t have to be a tall wedge, but just something. I recommend checking out Tops For Shoes website and looking at shoes like the Steve Madden Irenee, Pelle Moda Krisa, or similar styles.

Dillard’s has a wide selection of styles and colors as well, so you are sure to find a shoe to match your outfit no matter what!

If you absolutely have to wear your heels to complete your outfit, I recommend carrying a second pair of shoes with you in a large purse. This second pair of shoes would be used for walking from the car to your destination. Upon arrival, you can change into your heels and enjoy the races.

With these tips in mind, you’re sure to find the perfect Keeneland shoes for you!