Lots of women love to wear high heels. And while a pair of designer high heels can make you look elegant, unfortunately it will come at a cost. Wearing heels regularly can cause significant foot pain and other foot problems.
For most women, the pain that comes with wearing high heels is a small price to pay, but sometimes it can become unbearable. Other problems that you can get with these shoes range from issues like calluses and bunions to other more serious problems like hammertoes.
So, if you want to continue enjoying the style and elegance of high heels, you’ll need to find how to eliminate (or at least reduce) the pain when wearing them and the morning after.
#1 Make sure they fit properly
The first mistake most people make with high heels is not choosing the right size. And in many cases, this is the main reason why the feet become painful. Heels that don’t have a proper fit tend to cause the front part of your foot to move forward, creating more pressure and pain on the toes.
Contrary to what you might believe your shoe size changes even when you are an adult. When you gain a few extra pounds, your feet will also become bigger. Some women also find their feet can change by a full size after having children.
It is important to measure your feet whenever you are shopping for shoes to make sure you get the length and width right. And try to shop late in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest size due to swelling.
#2 Go for thicker heels
Thin heels will cause your feet to wobble around, increasing the likelihood of foot pain. On the other hand, thicker heels will provide better balance and can help to relieve some of the pressure by giving an even distribution of the weight on your feet.
Some dresses will always call for a good pair of stilettos. Although they have a thin heel, they are okay if you wear them occasionally. But if you prefer to wear stilettos on a regular basis, go for ones with a chunkier heel.
#3 Use insoles
Just like with any other shoe type, your feet need a lot of cushioning when wearing high heels. Insoles might not be the first thing that comes to mind when dealing with high heel pain, but they make a huge difference. And the great news is that there are some special insert types for high heels.
Silicone metatarsal pads can give you the best cushioning on your high heel. Apart from their impressive shock absorption capability, these oval-shaped pads also combat soreness under the foot. Plus, they hold the foot steady to stop it from sliding forward, one of the primary causes of pain.
Dealing with a high-heel hangover
Finding ways to prevent heel pain is important, but sometimes you need some help after the event. There are some simple tricks that you can use to deal with the pain or after your night out.
#4 Soak your feet
A good foot soak is one of the best remedies for high-heel hangover as not only is it relaxing but it also helps to deal with the inflammation and pain. Fill a small tub or bucket with some warm water and add in a few spoons of Epsom salt to make your foot soak. You should then soak your feet for 20 or 30 minutes. The magnesium compound in the Epsom salt helps to reduce inflammation and deals with the cramping that comes from wearing high heels.
In some instances, a deep massage is all you need to deal with the pain. Before getting out of bed, use your thumbs to press the bottom of your feet gently to relieve some of the pressure and ease muscle tension. You can also use some good massage oil to make it more effective, or even a foot massager if you have one.
#6 Stretches and foot exercises
Wearing high heels tightens your calf muscles and Achilles tendons, so you’ll need to do some stretches to restore them to their natural size. Runner’s wall stretch exercises are one of the best ways of doing this, but any foot exercise that targets the Achilles tendon will be beneficial.
One more thing to mention: if you notice you get dry patches, remember to moisturise your feet to keep them soft and supple.