How to survive in high heeled shoes and combat foot pain

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If your feet are constantly aching and covered in blisters, you need our how to guide to walking in skyscraper shoes.

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Wearing big girl heels can lead to numerous health problems such as bad backs, spine curvature, knee joint pain, blisters and bunions.

This is all due to the weight distribution of your body being altered - as anywhere between 30-100% of your body's weight is being forced onto the balls of your feet. 

If you're worried, follow these simple tips to keep your feet in top condition...

Stretching your legs can prevent pain from high heels


Minimise the risk of injury by stretching out your muscles. Every morning and evening, make sure you stretch out your calves, thighs, toes and arches of your feet. Treat wearing heels as a workout, and make sure you warm up and cool down properly. 

Carry some flat shoes in your handbag


There's no need to run a marathon in your Louboutins - make sure you stick a pair of flats in your bag for getting from the shows to the after party.

Walking slower in heels will make things easier


Taking smaller and slower steps will decrease the pressure on your feet and back - and gives admirers more time to check out your AMAZING shoes.

Limit how many hours you wear heels for


Make sure you pick a sturdier heel that you can comfortably stand in without wobbling. Every little shake you have, your ankles and legs have to overcompensate in order to keep you upright. Also - no one every looked good face planting.

Don't wear new shoes for the first time on a busy day


If you have a hardcore day in heels planned or are hitting the town, don't opt for a new pair of shoes fresh out of the box. You must break in your shoes first to avoid blisters. Wear them around the house, or on small errands to the shops. Also stuffing tight shoes with balls of newspaper can help to loosen them.

Having hot feet will make your shoes hurt


Hot feet = swollen feet. Take time to let your feet cool down and have a break. If your feet swell up, they won't fit as well in your shoes and it can create pain and cramp.

Use pain relief shoe inserts


Try adding some gel pads such as Insolia inserts, which are designed to shift weight off the heel and thus reduce pressure and pain. 

Give yourself a foot massage


Reward your feet for all their hard work by bathing them in some warm water when you get home. Then use a calming lotion to give the muscles in your feet a massage to relax them.

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