How to relieve high heels pain

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How to relieve high heels pain
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As most women will say high heels and pain are often tied together. That’s too bad as heels look great, help confidence and are just cool. But if they cause pain then something must be done. We have a few tips for you to relieve high heels pain and walk much more comfortably.

High heels pain can be caused from several factors. They include various details like the form of the shoe, the shape of the leg and even the posture and the way you walk in high heels. Other issues can also cause high heels pain.

Here are a few high heels pain reliefs

We wil start with the most basic stuff. Always make sure you buy high heels in the right size. Don’t go for even half a size smaller thinking they will loosen up with time. Don’t also think your size will always be the same. Feet change with time so it’s best to measure them at least once a year.

Some feet have a higher arch then others while some are flat. This also has big implications on the types of shoes that will feel comfortable. It’s best to do go to a podiatrist who will evaluate the feet. But you can also wee what impression they leave on a piece of paper for example when they are wet. Gernally flat feet are more likely to experience high heels pain so took that into account.

Right, now you know and have done all of that but your high heels still hurt. First we will go with the high heels pain that causes discomfort on the entire foot and/or ankle. As hot as they are stilettos and other thin high heels require more effort to balance properly which you don’t do conciously but your feet do it by instinct involing more muscles and more pressure to the bones. So it’s no surprise to have high heels pain after ofter wearing stiettos for long time. Save them for the special occasions and don’t walk too much in them. Thicker heels are better for long walks.

Shoes with thicker soles and/or platforms are also better for long walks. Too thin soles mean you will feel each bump in the surface you walk much more pronounced. Given that we’re talking about the ball of your foot, pain will quickly start.

If you do have to walk a lot in high heels, then don’t do long walks in one go. Take breaks. Have a sit, ease the pressure of your feet for a few minutes. Also walk slower and try not to rush too much. You can also do some high heels exercises while you rest.

High heels with extra support can also help. For example shoes with ankle straps or boots that fit snugly. This will give some additional support to the ankle and make it easier to get through the day. With that being said don’t go for a too tight fit. The rule is that boots for example shouldn’t constrain the ankle from being able to rotate.

Also walk properly in high heels. Bring your posture up.

Additional help

Still experiencing high heels pain? Then get some nice soles for your high heels. There are many variants like complete soles, pads for just the ball of the foot and etc. Some are made out of gel or silicone and will both give extra support and make it much more comfortable to walk.

Sometimes the shoes fit good but cause pain just on certain areas of the foot. For example the ankle strap is chafing the skin. This actually is caused by the moisture so an antiperspirant spary for feet will actually help with this.

You can also put band-aids or blister blocks on the areas on the foot you’re prone to blisters. Usually this is the back of the ankle when walking in pumps.

After a long day in high heels there’s other stuff you can do to ease the pain, says Cosmopolitan. Give your feet a soak in a citrus cocktail of two cups of orange juice, a cup or two of lemon juice and two cups of warm water. Soak your feet once a week for five minutes. Then slough the heels and balls of the feet with a pumice stone and masage the feet with oil-based sugar scrub. Then rinse and apply foot balm.

Extra tips for picking high heels

Before we end our high heels pain reliefs tips, we want to give you something extra. A few tips on picking comfortable high heel shoes.

As we said, thicker heels and thicker soles are better. Avoid heels with rigid soles like from wood or plastic. You want the shoe to be able to bend a little while you walk. If it doesn’t that’s a recepie for a lot of high heels pain.

We also said shoes with ankle straps are better. Also shoes with slingbacks or other types of securing to the foot. You want the shoe to feel like a part of your leg, not an extention. Simply said, if the shoes are not firmly placed on your feet and are easy to slip out of, the more painfull they will be in the long run.

And finally the actual form and placement of the heel also has an effect. If the heel is coming straight from the back it will be more difficult to walk in and will change your typical stride. It will also not support the weight that good as a heel placed a bit more to the inside. If the heel of the shoe is directly underneath the center of your own heel, it will be much better.

We hope our tips will help you ease high heels pain. Have other tips or questions? Post them in the comments below.

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