Happy Heels: Stopping Foot and Heel Pain Due to High Heels

December 5, 2013 | By Simon | Filed in: Health.

Heel pain is a common issue for people who stand on their feet all day.

But, when wearing high heels, heel pain can take on a life of it’s own.  So, is the pain of wearing high heels all the time worth it?

A lot of women suffer heel pain by wearing high heels, but often times it is part of a mandatory dress code and they have no choice in the matter.

High heels are an easy way to make a woman look tall and stylish, but these can also cause heel pain. While many might suggest wearing flats in order to avoid heel pain and foot pain, it has been determined that women nowadays are willing to wear a pair of shoes even if they don’t feel comfortable in them. Of course, there are several ways that one can ease heel pain – or avoid it completely. The first of these is to buy a pair of heels that fit well.

How many women have ended up buying a pair of loose shoes or too-tight heels just because they were on sale? Having high heels in the wrong size may seem insignificant, but this can spell the difference between spending the most of the party sitting down due to heel pain and actually joining in the dancing and conversation. Loose shoes can cause feet to slide forward, thus putting pressure on the toes, while too-tight heels can cause blisters on the heels.

There are some reminders women should remember when choosing a pair of high heels. First, they should look for shoes that have thick straps, which would prevent them from losing their balance. Second, they should avoid high heels that have steep “slopes,” since these hardly give any support and stability. Third, they can consider getting insoles that are made especially for high heels, which give comfort and lessen the pressure and force that is placed on the balls of the feet. Gel inserts can also be used to prolong foot and heel pain.

Another way to stop heel pain is to wear a different pair of heels every day. Women can wear one-inch heels to work, and save their strappy six-inch heels for special events and dinners. A gentle foot massage using a golf ball or a frozen water bottle at the end of the day can help ease pained heels. It is also a good idea to get a foot soak every five to seven days to “re-energize” one’s feet and help remove dead skin.

To relieve heel pain, a foot soak can be easily prepared using two cups of warm water and mixing it with lemon, orange, or grapefruit juice. It is best to soak the feet for five minutes, and then use a pumice stone to gently scrape off the dead skin from the balls of the feet and the heels. Oil-based sugar scrubs and foot balms can be applied as well.

However, if foot and heel pain continues, one should consult a doctor immediately to prevent any more problems from happening.


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