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Heeled shoes too can be comfortable

Heeled shoes too can be comfortable
Heeled shoes too can be comfortable

Do you dread wearing high heels because they leave you with aching feet? Here are

some nifty ways to make heeled shoes more comfortable

We've all been there — limping home after a party with tired, swollen feet! For most women, wearing high heels is a painful experience. In a recent survey,
2,000 women and men were asked how long it took for heels to start hurting their feet. Almost 20% respondents said the pain started within 10 minutes.

Says Tuhina Bapuli, a 29-year-old advertising professional for whom high heels are an occupational hazard, "Since I am in the corporate industry and have client meetings to attend, I have to wear formal clothes everyday. And, since flats don't go well with formals, I have no other option but to wear heels. Eventually, I limp back home with an aching feet."

Effects of wearing heels
Apart from leaving you with an aching feet, heels also lead to corn, callus, bunions and back pain. At times, it even causes disfigurement. For example, if you've been wearing heels for a long time, it can change the way you walk.

Says foot physiotherapist Dr Himani Shah Tandon, "Wearing heels on a daily basis is not recommended because it takes a toll on your posture. It also puts pressure on your forefoot, which in turn causes pain in the knee joints, thighs and back. So, when you choose a heel, pick one with a little cushion. Also, rest your feet once you take off those heels." There are some easy ways to make your heels more comfortable. Read on...

Choose chunky heels
Says fashion blogger Gia Kashyap, "Opt for a heel that is stable when you know that you will be walking around in them for long hours. Wide heels provide comfort as opposed to stilettos. Any heel higher than three-four inches causes pain in your limbs. The best way out is to wear wedges." Heels that don't fit well can also cause pain. Wear heels with ankle straps for support. Also, don't run around or walk too fast in heels; they will definitely make your feet hurt.

Opt for shoe inserts
There's a range of shoe inserts you can use to make things comfortable.

Place some moleskin in your shoes to walk around comfortably. It prevents blisters, which are common when you wear heels. This soft adhesive will protect your feet; it will also last longer, so you don't have to worry about it coming off while you walk.

Full insoles
They distribute pressure evenly and make your heels much more bearable. Though a bit tight, they loosen up in due course of time. Choose insoles that you can wear with different pairs of heels.

Toe inserts
The ball of your feet suffers the most when you wear heels. Toe insert will provide a cushion around the area, thus making it easy for you to walk. It's easily available and not very expensive. 

Anti-slip heel inserts
If you have narrow feet and wear slingbacks often, this insert works the best. These adhesive strips keep the heel of your shoe in place and also prevent painful blisters at the back of your feet.

Home remedies you can try out
Use essential oils: Massaging your feet with essential oils before you retire for the night will ensure that they don't hurt. Lavender, chamomile and geranium oils are great to soothe tired heels.

Apply an ice pack: Though it is advised to soak tired and aching feet in lukewarm water, ice pack works wonders. Your feet is bound to get swollen after wearing heels the whole day, and cold water/ice pack relaxes the muscles and reduces the swelling immediately. Keep the ice pack on for 15 minutes, apply a generous amount of cold cream on your feet and massage until absorbed. This will keep your feet smooth and also reduce the pain

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