One of the complaints I hear about a lot is “Why can some women wear high heels and not have any problems? But when I wear them, my feet hurt so bad, I end up taking them off after just a couple hours.” Walking in high heels can be painful for many people. So, does that mean you should simply give up on wearing heels and select more comfortable shoes? If I could have my own way, I would make everyone “Stop wearing high heels!” But obviously that is not going to happen because high heels look so good!

So, if you are going to wear high heels, here are six tips to help you have a more comfortable high-heel experience.  

Select the Right Shoe Size

The right shoe size is one of the most critical factors when it comes to buying and keeping your feet from hurting in heels. A lot of women are guilty of ignoring this golden rule. The width and length matter. Also keep in mind that shoe size can change if you put on some weight, lose weight, as you age, or even after childbirth.

So, make sure you size your feet the next time you are out shopping for shoes.

Choose Natural Materials

Shoes made from thin materials do not provide enough shock absorption or support. In addition, synthetic materials may cause chaffing, sweating, or other foot irritation. A supple leather is a good choice for a quality high heel that provides support and comfort. 

Don’t Forget Socks!

Sock with high heels? Yes! Socks help to keep your foot dry, clean, and comfortable. In addition, wearing socks prevents bacteria from your feet getting on your shoes and growing like a weed on the warm moist, shoe.  These days there are several options of “socks” to wear with high heels such as Women’s No Show Socks Ultra Low Cut Liner Invisible Socks

Know Your Foot Type

Are you flat footed or do you have a high-arch? Knowing your foot type could help you understand what shoe styles are more suited to your foot and the kind of issues you are prone to.

If you are not sure about your foot type or if you constantly suffer from foot pain, consult with a professional podiatrist. Your choice of shoes could shed some light on why your feet are hurting in heels.

Look for Thicker and Lower Heels

Thin soles and elevated heels can result in pain in the ball of the foot and ankle injuries. To reduce the pain and risk of injury, wear lower, more stable heels (less than two inches); and use an American Podiatry APMA-accepted insert.

When it comes to soles, buy flats that have a little bit of platform or a thick base, preferably of a rubbery material, to minimize the pressure on the soles of your feet. Also opt for thicker heels which also give you more stability, and comfort.

You don’t have to give up on stilettoes – just make sure you keep your thin heeled stilettoes for rare occasions and switch to thicker heels for everyday use.

Take a Break and Stretch your Feet

Even if you are wearing heels at work, you don’t have to keep them on all the time. Take them off when you are behind the desk or if you know you are going to be in one place for a few hours.

Stretching your feet can help ease the discomfort and pressure from the calves, ankles, and toes. Simple exercises such as pointing your toes down and pulling them up using a strap or gently massaging your calf muscles can help a great deal.

Go See a Podiatrist

We’ve already established that wearing high heels hurt. But if you follow the above-mentioned tips, it should help in reducing or minimizing the discomfort and pain you normally experience.

Consulting with a professional podiatrist can be helpful if you want to know your foot type and the kind of shoes that are more suited to your feet, or to know what kind of exercises you can try to reduce pain.

Consulting with a podiatrist is necessary if the pain in your feet is constant, if you have bunions, or if you have blisters that are not healing.

Are You Or A Family Member Suffering With Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Pain In The Caldwell Or Meridian, Idaho Area?

If you're suffering from plantar fasciitis or heel pain you owe it to yourself to speak with our experienced podiatrists as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 208.855.5955 to schedule your appointment. We service all areas surrounding Meridian, Idaho as well as all areas in the Caldwell, Idaho area. We look forward to helping you!

Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.