If You Have To Wear Heels, Follow These Tips To Protect Your Feet
It's no secret that wearing high heels is bad for your feet. Most podiatrists recommend against wearing them, and all you have to do to understand why is spend a few hours in them. (Your feet will ache!) Unfortunately, there are still occasions when wearing heels is socially conventional. If you do have to wear heels from time to time, you should at least take a few measures to make the practice less hazardous to your feet.
Wear good quality heels.
There's a big difference between $10 heels from a discount store and well-made, brand name heels. The higher-end heels are usually better padded, and the foot beds are usually shaped in a way that offers more arch support. Plus, higher-end heels come in various widths, so you can ensure you don't buy ones that pinch because they're too narrow.
If you're on a tight budget, consider looking for gently used, brand name heels at a consignment store. You'll pay about what you'd pay for a new, low-end pair of heels, and your feet will be much more comfortable.
Use foot pads as needed.
If you have any abnormalities in the front end of your foot – such as a bunion or hammertoe – there's a good chance your heeled shoes will rub on those areas. Prevent rubs by applying sticky pads, which are sold at most drugstores, to any bunions, corns, hammertoes, etc. If you're going to be in heels for a long time, you may want to pack an extra set of these pads in your bag. This way, if the ones you're wearing tend to peel off, you can put a new pair on before you get blisters or abrasions. You may even want to have custom orthotics made by a podiatrist to ensure your heels put as little pressure on your feet as possible.
Opt for a lower heel.
There's a big difference between wearing 1-inch heels and wearing 6-inch heels. In most cases, you should be able to find lower-heeled shoes that are just as stylish as taller ones. Always opt for the lowest heel that conveys the look you desire, as this is easier on your feet and puts far less pressure on your toes.
Wear other shoes if you have to walk any distance.
If you need to walk to your destination, consider wearing other shoes for the walk and bringing your heels along in your bag. Put the heels on when you reach your destination, and pack the other shoes away in your bag. Standing around or sitting in heels is not nearly as bad for your feet as walking a long distance.