How to save your feet and avoid high heel horrors

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High heels. For many women, they are a fashion necessity to feel put together and professional. Unfortunately, those same women may notice their high heels wreak havoc on their feet and heels with bunions, hammer toe, plantar fasciitis and more. So, what can you do?

Relief from foot pain caused by high heels

If you’re looking for relief, we’ve gathered these 5 tips to help keep your feet happy:

  1. Wear lower heels. It might seem like a no-brainer, but lower heels will give your feet a break from the pain of high heels. The pain from high heels is caused from abnormal distribution of weight and can lead to hammer toes, bunions and blisters.
  2. Look for round-toe shoes to give your toes more wiggle room.
  3. Limit the time and amount of walking you do in heels.
  4. Always get your feet measured before buying a new pair of heels. The ligaments in your feet stretch over time, affecting the length and width of your feet, and there’s nothing more painful than heels that don’t fit right!
  5. Don’t forget the flats. You don’t have to wear high heels every day, and there are some comfortable and professional flats to choose from.

Common foot injuries from high heels

If you are currently experiencing pain in your feet, here are some options to help relieve the pain. If you are having serious problems and these tips don’t help, visit your primary care physician!

Hammer toes: Apply a toe pad over the middle joint of the toe that is poking out and wear shoes that will not aggravate the affected toe.

Foot misalignments: Insert a rubber pad in the shoe below the misaligned bone. Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.

Bunions: Wear comfortable and well-fitting footwear, apply pads to the affected area and take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain. If pain persists or you are running out of shoes that don’t hurt, you might want to consider surgical options. Your doctor can talk to you about your options.

Heel spurs and plantar fasciitis: Rest, use ice packs and wear proper footwear or shoe inserts.

For more information on how to maintain happy, healthy feet visit your doctor. Don’t have one, yet? Find one today.

This post has been updated. It was originally published on April 30, 2014.

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