An At-Home Trick to Walk in Heels Without Pain

Bobby Schuessler

There's nothing worse than stepping out in a gorgeous pair of heels but wishing you could remove them immediately 20 minutes later from the pain. While we've provided you easy tips to make them a bit more comfortable while you're out, there's actually a trick to help before you even leave your house—and it involves simple stretches.

That's right. We tapped Dr. Harley Kantor, DPM, a podiatrist at NYC-based Chelsea Foot and Ankle, to give his expert trick on how to make heels more bearable. As he mentioned, the biggest issue with heels is that your Achilles tendon muscle is shortened when in a stiletto (rather than being at 90 degrees, perpendicular to the ground, when in a flat shoe). This can ultimately cause pain like tendonitis and weakness, as well as sprains and fractures. The best thing to do to help avoid pain is to stretch before and after wearing heels.

The easiest technique? Take a towel or a sheet and wrap it around the bottom of your forefoot. With your legs stretched, pull your toes toward you to stretch your calf muscles. Do this for 10 to 15 minutes before and after wearing heels to avoid some of that pain.

Feeling inspired to test out this trick the next time you're running in heels? Keep scrolling to shop our favorite heels of the moment, which will be a bit more bearable to walk in now!

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