05 Mar Tips to avoid foot pain in high heels
If the shoe isn’t comfortable when you try it on, it’s not going to be comfortable hours later.
We’ve all been there: we’ve left the house feeling like the epitome of glamour in our new heels only to end up a hobbling hunch-back within an hour — or one hour, six minutes and 48 seconds to be exact.
Of course, none of this comes as a surprise. We all know heels hurt and they’re bad for us — causing corns and callouses, bunions and back pain — but we still wear them. So what can we do to lessen the pain?
Stepping into a pair of high heels makes us feel more confident and walk taller — literally.
There are ways to make it easier.’ Here’s our guide to high-heel heaven . . .
First things first, shoes have to fit properly,
If they’re tight or rubbing, even just a tiny bit, don’t buy them. You will not break in the shoes — they will break you. This is why you should never buy them online, as you’ve got to try them on. The right fit should be snug but with some room for your toes to wriggle and not be squashed. Too small and you’ll get blisters and deformed toes — a condition called hammer toe. Too big and your feet will slide down and put more pressure on your toes. Where possible, ask to try a half size up or down to see if that helps.
If the shoe is pointed, the point must come after your toes end so they’re not squished together.
But it’s better to avoid them altogether. A slightly rounded toe is always going to be more comfortable,’ she says.
ARE YOUR HEELS IN THE RIGHT POSITION?
Contrary to popular belief, wedges are not necessarily better for your feet than spiked heels.
I’ve seen a woman doubled over with pain after wearing wedges. There’s very little flexibility in them and you have to lift your feet right off the ground to walk, stomping your foot back down afterwards.
The important thing is not the style or thickness of the heel, it’s the position of it. It needs to be right under the heel bone, not at the back of the foot, as is the case with some shoes. If the stiletto is positioned too far back, you are going to be thrown off balance and everything will hurt.
WHY BUDGET BUYS MAY COST YOU DEAR
Avoid the temptation to buy cheap heels for a night out. Chances are they will be made of plastic, which will make your feet sweat and swell — making the shoes pinch.
Also, plastic has very little give, meaning you are more likely to get blisters where it rubs. Shoes with a leather lining, on the other hand, are softer and more supple and less likely to rub.
That said, Stella McCartney has very good vegan shoes, with no leather that are super soft — just be prepared to pay a premium for them.
HOW TO STOP THEM RUBBING
If your shoes are stiff and rubbing at the heel, try a heel grip. Hikers — who have to deal with blisters every day — swear by Moleskin. It’s very soft and you cut as much as you need and stick it to different areas of the foot.
Die-hard heel lovers are now having fillers injected into the balls of their feet to help with the pain, but there are less drastic alternatives: Super soft foam inserts can relieve the pressure put on the balls of your feet, especially if your shoes have thin soles. Our ball of foot inserts are still the most popular items here at Heels’R Us.
PUT YOUR FEET ON ICE
Forget soaking your feet in a hot bath after a long day — you need to ease the pain with cold.
After wearing high heels your feet get swollen, so when you come home put them in a cold bath for 15 minutes to reduce the swelling. Then before you go to bed apply some foot cream. This restores the suppleness of the skin, which will help prevent it from cracking and blistering.’
And, keep your toenails short so they don’t dig into your skin when your toes are in narrow shoes.
WHICH BRANDS ARE BEST?
Not all heels are equal but many High-Street brands are now designing heels with comfort in mind.
Spanish shoemaker Chie Mihara studied orthopedics, which means her collection of high heels are the most comfortable around. Most come with thick, adjustable ankle straps to support the foot.
Even Lucy Choi, the niece of Jimmy Choo and the latest darling of the shoe world, has just launched a gorgeous but practical collection of mid-height heels with gel-padded soles which start at £150.
Source: Daily Mail (edited)