Simple Steps to Defeat High Heels

It is common knowledge that high heels are bad for feet and when worn for a long period can cause all sorts of foot problems.  It is typically the day after wearing high heels that women have the most pain or discomfort.  This pain may be mild and achy to intense and severe.  Some women are not able to walk for hours or days after just one long day in heels.  The pain may be localized to a pressure spot or might cover the entire foot.  These symptoms vary depending on the foot structure, heel height, shoe structure, and time spent in the show.  Taking over the counter pain meds and staying off your feet will help, but it does not cure the problem.  There is no simple solution to defeating the pain caused by high heels but these simple steps can help reduce the pain.


Yoga, Stretching and Foot Exercises.  The Achilles tendon and calf muscles become tight or shortened with the increased heel height.  This makes it very important to stretch.  Yoga is a great method to stay loose.  The downward-facing dog and virasana-hero pose are specific postures meant to help the feet.  A runners wall stretch will specifically work the Achilles tendon.  Moving the foot up, down, left, right, and in circles will help keep the blood flowing within the foot and help prevent swelling.


Soak Your Feet in a Mineral Foot Bath.  Epsom salt, which is actually a combination of magnesium and sulfate, has long been used to soothe sore body parts.  The magnesium will help build and repair tissues of the foot.  Warm water will dilate blood vessels and open the skin’s pores.


Pamper Your Feet.  Improperly cut toenails or ingrown nails can cause pain, especially after wearing high heels or pointy-toed shoes.  A thick callus can also cause pain.  Visiting a podiatrist can help fix and correct these problems.


Moisturize, a Lot.  It is important to keep skin on your feet supple and moisturized.  Rough areas develop on pressure points and can become painful.  Don’t forget about the top of toes where corns can develop.


Deep Massage.  Massage is thought to provide pain relief from musculoskeletal injury, as well as lower anxiety.  The arch of the foot contains several layers of muscles that work to stabilize the foot.  The change in alignment and step caused by high heels may result in muscular imbalances within the foot causing muscle strains.  Deep tissue massage may also improve blood flow and reduce lymphatic edema.


Wear Sneakers.  It is extremely important to allow your feet to rest after wearing high heels.  A well-cushioned sneaker will help limit the trauma caused by high heels and allow your foot to recover.  If you cannot wear sneakers, try limiting the amount of time your foot is exposed to a high heel.