Heels are every girl’s or woman’s wardrobe staple and if you find yourself with painful feet after a hard day’s work, then you are not alone. Whether your work demands you to dress smartly and wear heels or if you have to go to a party and take out those Jimmy Choo’s or Manolo Blahniks, don’t let the fear of having foot pain deter you from wearing them.
Here are some tips and tricks that will make you strut your stuff in your favorite pair of heels in no time.
Your feet bear a lot of pressure because they are carrying the weight of your body everywhere and naturally, they also have the ability to absorb shock and exertion while walking. Wearing heels tends to make it a bit difficult for them to do that though, due to their shape.
Adding gel insoles in your heels lessens the impact and pressure while walking, making the experience easier for the soles of your feet. They are available at every good shoe store and drugstore. The only con is that they wear out after a couple of uses.
Pro tip: Whenever you are out shoe shopping, insert your insole in it to see if it fits well with the shoe. If it doesn’t, then you can go up half a size.
- Look for soft surfaces
If you are at a venue that has carpets or rugs on the floor, then try to stand or walk on those soft surfaces. Walking on hard floor materials such as wood or tiles can add a lot of pressure on your feet.
- Foot soak
Your feet need a lot of TLC after walking around in those gorgeous heels and need to be soothed. Get a small tub and fill it up with warm water, add a few drops of lavender essential oil and a high quality foot soak liquid in it.
Put on some calming music and get a book and let those pretty feet of yours enjoy their very own spa for a good 30-45 minutes. The warm water will help relax your feet and afterwards they will be freshened and you won’t have any soreness the next day. You don’t have to get a foot soak everyday but once or twice a week is ideal.
- Do some stretching exercises
Stretching your feet and toes will relax the muscles in your legs and feet. After taking off your heels, just lift your feet up and stretch gently. Increase the intensity slowly as you stretch along. Make your toes move in circular motions from clockwise to anticlockwise. Stand against a wall and put one foot ahead of the other and stretch with both your feet planted firmly on the floor. Hold and stay in this position for 15-30 seconds.
- For those rough days
If you have worn a new pair of heels or you have walked a lot, causing blisters on your feet, then you should treat them immediately. Put some ice in a tub and soak your feet in it to prevent any swelling or inflammation. Use an antibacterial ointment on them and put a bandage on the areas where the skin is a severely affected. Try not to wear heels for the next two days for your feet to recover.