Heel the Pain
High-heels look good but they can be painful. I probably should turn to a more practical type of shoe but the styles of the practical shoes are not very appealing to me. I refuse to give up wearing heels. I'm 5'4" and shoes with high-heels make me look leaner and my legs sexier. I wear flats too but they look a little to frumpy with dressier outfits.
Some of you might say, if the high-heels hurt then don't wear them. But the reality is that most women love they way they look in high-heels and are going to continue wearing them. That's who this post is for.
I plan on wearing heels until my dying days and I've found some ways to make it less painful.
- The next time you know you're going to be spending a few hours in heels rub some pain relief cream on your feet. It will relieve the pain and reduce the inflammation. You won't feel a thing for hours. I recommend using one that doesn't have a strong scent. Two of my favorites are Voltaren Emulgel and Deep Cool Pain Relief, which you can find at most pharmacies in Toronto.
- Friction from the soles of your feet rubbing against the inside of your shoes will cause calluses to form. Once you get them, they can be a nuisance because they'll just keep coming back. A good foot file will make a big difference. I've tried many and the only one I'll swear by is the Pediclean Foot File Medium (two sided medium - grit 100/150). Lasts for about 6 months and can even be used in the shower or bath. I pick mine up for about $20 from the Stillwater Spa at Toronto Park Hyatt Hotel.
- Insoles can make a huge difference in when it comes to foot pain relief. After suffering for a few weeks with consistent pain in the centre of my foot, my mom suggested that I try Birkenstock Arch Blu insoles. Then I found out that a few of my friends have been wearing them in their shoes for some time. The Birkenstock ones won't fit in all of my shoes so I also use a pair made by New Balance Sport Cushion Insole. You can find both of these insoles at Walking on Cloud (in-store or online).
- A good foot soak can give you the best relief from foot pain. I use 1:1 ratio of Epsom Salt and baking soda. This is also known as a great DIY detox bath. The CrunchyMoose.com breaks down why and how it works to your benefit.
- Invest in a good shoe stretcher. You only need to buy one. My shoe stretcher has saved me a ton of money. All those painful shoes I couldn't make it out of the door in, have been stretched to fit my feet. It's a two way stretcher, so it can widen or lengthen a shoe. It even has little nodes that you can place strategically in the trouble spots. I have the one similar to the pic above and I paid about $40 for it at a little shoe repair shot. Footsmart is selling their Fitright Two-Way Stretcher online for $20. I may be telling you the obvious but do not try this type of stretcher in your boots.
How do you relieve your foot pain? I'd love to hear from you.