Whether you wear high heels on a regular basis or only slip them on for special occasions, you’ve probably experienced painful blisters or swelling of your feet. To avoid high heel pain, click ahead for expert tips!
They may look pretty, but even if you’re not wearing sky-high heels like model Kendall Jenner, the shoes can leave your feet in pain. To help prevent problems and to alleviate any current discomfort, Dr. Rock Positano, Director of the Non-Surgical Foot and Ankle Service at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan shared a few of his top tips and recommended the best designer shoes to wear.
First things first, Dr. Positano says that wearing heels isn’t necessarily bad for your feet. “High heels are not the enemy,” he told us. “It’s how, when and where people wear them.” Dr. Positano went on to say that if you’re on your feet all day and you’re wearing heeled shoes, you’re more likely to develop tendon, muscle and ligament problems due to overusing them. However, “wearing heels for a shorter period of time such as at a dinner or gathering does not always pose a problem,” Dr. Positano said.
If you’re dressing up and want to wear heels, Dr. Positano says that Roger Vivier, Prada, Chanel and Tory Burch are the best designers to invest in because they’re easier on your feet. Dr. Positano says to look for wider heels that are one to two inches high because they protect the Achilles tendon, plantar fascia and reduce stress on the knees and hips. While stiletto heels might look pretty, Dr. Positano says they can cause foot problems because they require you to overuse the tendons in your feet in order to stay balanced.
If you’ve been wearing heels and your feet are swollen once you take them off, Dr. Positano says that soaking your feet in cold water or icing them for 20 minutes will help reduce any inflammation and swelling. He also suggests taking an over the counter medication like Motrin or Advil when the pain and inflammation are particularly bothering you.
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If you’re more concerned about your feet while you’re wearing your heels, the Band-Aid Active Friction Block Stick, helps reduce the rubbing on your feet that causes blisters. If you’ve already noticed blisters on your feet, keeping them clean and applying a liquid bandage like New-Skin is our suggestion for wearing heels without pain.
Do you have any tricks for avoiding high heel pain, HollywoodLifers?