High Heels Pain – How to Get Rid of it Fast
No pain, no gain? Not when you are wearing high heels! Here are your 5 tips and tricks on how to avoid pain in heels and an emergency plan when nothing else works.
1. Obvious but still relevant – know your shoe size and make sure you are wearing it.
Not only does your foot size change during the day, with your feet being at their widest in the evening, but they also change over the years, especially when being pregnant or after giving birth. So it’s always good to shop for shoes at the end of the day and to try as many shoes on as possible before buying them. As a rule: If the shoe isn’t comfortable when you try it on, it’s not going to be comfortable hours later. Also make sure you know what your size is when shopping online from overseas stores. Not all European sizes are the same (French sizing for example is one size smaller than Italian) and US and UK sizes are completely different too.
2. Cheap high heels = pain
When it comes to high heels, it’s always a good idea to invest in some high-end pieces. You’ll never wear Louboutin high heels the same way you’d wear Zara. But apart from making you feel good, the more expensive version will more likely be made of leather and not plastic, which will make your feet sweat and swell. 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 does a very good non-leather shoe, with leather imitation that is super soft and comfortable. Obviously the research that goes into creating these shoes is reflected in their premium price tag.
3. Go for high heels that provide most support
If you know you have to be on your feet for a long time, go for covered heels like pumps. The more open the shoe, i.e. strappy sandals, the less support it’ll provide and cause you more pain. Open toe high heels are another good option for long nights out as the open toe feature helps relieve pressure on corns and calluses.
4. Get cushioned
These days you can buy all sorts of gel inserts for the ball of the foot or the back of the ankle to prevent rubbing, sliding and pressure issues. Just make sure they aren’t too bulky and won’t make your shoes too small.
5. When nothing else works
If you find yourself dying from sore feet and have no flats handy or comfy platforms to put on, instead of walking home barefoot, try these two simple tricks:
1. Wet your feet in cold water, put some hand lotion on your feet while they’re still damp, then put your heels back on.
The lotion seals in the moisture of the cold water and lubricates against any sore spots.
2. Tape your third and fourth toes (counting from the big toe) together with some tape to alleviate pain in the ball of your foot.
You can use nude medical tape for a seamless look but Scotch tape will do just fine when no other options are available. If this concept sounds somewhat ridiculous, don’t worry, there’s actually science behind it. There’s a nerve that splits between those two toes, which causes pain when pressure is put upon it. The tape removes strain on the nerve and helps to avoid pain from wearing high heels.