With aches, corns, blisters, muscle spasms, calluses, bunions and just general pain, heels can be one heck of mood spoiler. I’ve had many problem with heels (my lowest point was being carried, baby-style, by my friend to the cab stand because my heels hurt so much), so I’ve learned some tips and tricks.
First, it goes without saying, but it’s important you find a pair of heels that actually fit. Picking out the right shoe is vital, as this info-graph shows all the possible health concerns when wearing high heels, especially those that are too high and tight.
If you can, avoid pointed shoes. They squeeze your toes together and can create bunions and injuries such as Morton’s Neuroma. Avoid kitten heels where the heel is very thin – this puts great pressure to your knees and the ball of your feet. A good way to see if your toes have enough room is that you should be able to wiggle your toes without problems.
Also, buy shoes at the end of the day, as your feet usually expand throughout the day. The ideal heel height is 1-1.5 inches; which still gives you a bit of height with total comfort.
And here’s how to make high heels more comfortable:
- Cushion up. Many high heels don’t offer any padding. It doesn’t mean you have to suffer though; there are many gel pads and cushions inserts available today. Dr. Scholl’s make excellent ones and are a must have.
- Season them. If you bought new shoes for this new season, wear them around the house a bit to ‘loosen’ them up a bit. I’m sure everyone can relate to wearing new shoes the very same day of buying them and having painful blisters.
- Take baby steps. When walking in your heels, take smaller steps so there is less pressure on your foot. Long strides create extra weight each time you take a step, which speeds up the chances of aches and pains. And please, no running in heels… ever.
- Try this tape trick. Here’s a high heel trick from the supermodels! When wearing high heels, tape your 3rd and 4th toe together with medical tape. This will allow the front of your feet to “fit” better in your shoes (no more painful toes!) as well as balance the front of your foot out for steadier walking. Try it!
- Get some backup. When going out for a long night, it’s always best to bring some backup flats. Bring a pair of flip-flops or your favorite sneakers in your bag. This is also done by many celebrities who have to walk the red carpet.