The $4 Solution for the Most Painful Kinds of High Heels
While heels are beautiful (duh!), they can easily lose their appeal after you've spent a day walking around in a pair. But why? When we really thought about foot pain, we came to realize that there are two major ways stilettos hurt you. They can either rub in the wrong place and create blisters or put too much pressure on your feet, creating discomfort all over. So what's the solution to ensure you can still wear those heels you love so much? Two words: medical tape. Seriously!
Keep scrolling to learn more about specific foot pain from heels, along with how tape can seriously improve your everyday life. Plus, go a bit further to shop some of our favorite heels of the moment that will now be even more comfortable!
Friction: You may experience instant pain when a pair of shoes is too stiff and pinches in the wrong spot and creates blisters. The types of heels that are more likely to cause this issue? We tapped shoe expert and designer and expert Meghan Cleary to spill on the details.
“Shoes that pinch are definitely an issue, avoid too-tight shoes (buy a half size larger than you normally wear) and patent leather (it never stretches out),” she said. “Look for leather or fabric materials.”
Pressure: One of the other common factors for foot pain is when your foot is at too high of a pitch from your heels, ultimately putting too much pressure on your feet. This pressure will get worse and worse the longer you wear the heels.
Using a stick of medical tape is the simplest (and most affordable!) solution to making your heels more comfortable. To prevent the friction issue, it’s best to test your shoes briefly before you leave the house to find out where your foot rubs the most in your heels. Then you place a piece of medical tape where it rubs to act as a preventative barrier between the skin and the shoe. To help with the pressure issue, tape your third and fourth toes to relieve pressure. There’s a nerve that splits between these two toes, which causes pain when pressure is put upon it and the tape removes strain from the nerve to make the heels more comfortable.
What's your secret to making your heels more comfortable? Let us know in the comments below!
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