Style Your Foot Care: Relief for High Heel Pain

They're perfect. No, not your feet. Your shoes. But, now some serious foot care is in order. Why? Well, those perfect shoes of yours are causing major foot pain. What can you do to the ease the pain you're feeling? Check out these easy fixes for your shoe-related tootsie troubles.

Stand on a Softer Surface

Those high heels are putting some major pressure on your feet. They're causing all kinds of foot pain, and they're kind of ruining your evening out. Take a look at where you're standing, and what your options are. Standing on a hard surface such as a marble floor, tile, cement or wood isn't doing your feet any favors. These types of floors add extra pressure, making your feet hurt even more. If possible, move to a softer surface such as a carpet or area rug. Even though this won't completely eliminate the pain, it will cut down on the aching that you feel. 

Add Inserts

Fitting a pair of inserts into your high heels may help your feet to feel better all day (or night) long. Insoles provide extra cushioning. This may make your feet feel like you're walking on two little comfy clouds. Not only do they add a cushion in between your feet and the shoes, but they also provide extra support. This may take away some of the pressure and pain that you're feeling. If there are parts of your feet rubbing against the shoes, a smaller cushion may be the fix that you need. When your toes or heels are pushing against the shoe's edges, a foot cushion can come in handy. These come in different sizes and shapes, making it easy to slip them into your shoes and stop the rub.

Size and Fit

Sometimes it's not the shoe that's causing the problem, it's the size of it. Wearing a shoe that's too snug will bind your foot and cause pain all over. But, that doesn't mean you should go for an overly large size either. A too-big shoe will slide and rub against your toes or heels. Keep in mind, your foot may change size or shape. Children aren't the only ones who change shoe sizes. Pregnancy, excess water weight, and other issues may cause your feet to grow. If you're pregnant or just had a baby, take a look at what your real shoe size is now. It may be different than it was before.

Take Breaks

If it's possible, take mini breaks from wearing your high heels. Obviously you can't always conveniently slip of your heels and walk around barefoot. But, if there's a way to sit down and go shoeless, try it. This might mean slipping your shoes off under your desk at work or taking a bathroom break at your friend's wedding to sit and stretch those piggies out.

Along with caring for your feet while wearing high heels, you can also take care of shoe-related foot pain after the fact. A gentle massage, a soak or a cooling ice bath may help to ease some of the achiness that you're feeling. If all else fails and the foot pain you're feeling just won't go away, call the doctor. A podiatrist at clinics like Foot & Ankle Care Center PA can examine your feet, making sure that there are no underlying issues. They can also provide custom supports to put into your shoes.