Severe foot pain from wearing high heels or other fancy shoes?

Party Shoes Leaving You With A ‘Foot Hangover?’ 4 Ways To Treat Your Foot Pain

How to prevent foot pain after a night out.If you’ve ever worn a bad pair of heels out on the town for a night, you know all too well the throbbing, aching, foot pain that follows later in the night and even into the day after. The next morning, sore and tired feet can leave you achy all over, from lower back and neck pain to bruised balls of the feet. Those party shoes may look great, but they may not be worth the aftermath.

While you may not be able to avoid wearing heels for a big night out, here are some things you can do to help you prevent the notorious “foot hangover” afterward.

  1. Make Sure Your Shoes Fit Properly: While this may be a no-brainer, many women purchase the wrong size intentionally (Hey, they’re killer shoes and not available in my size, but I have to have them!). If the shoes are too large or wide, the shoe can move around and create friction, leading to painful blisters, corns and calluses on tops, bottoms, and backs of the feet. If the shoes are too tight, you can also suffer from blisters and the shoes digging into your feet. The foot pain from a long night on your feet may be that you end up simply ditching the heels halfway through the evening, opting to dance or walk barefoot, which is equally dangerous and puts you at risk to step on something and puncture the bottom of your foot.
  1. Add Some Cushion: One of the upsides to aging in losing fat. The downside? It’s most noticeably lost in the pads of your feet! This natural cushioning helps to absorb the shock as your feet hit the ground, and because that padding is lost over time, your feet are under increased pressure and shock. Invest in some silicone metatarsal pads to help alleviate the undue burden. Custom orthotics are also a great option for proper support of the fat pads and can be made even for high heels.
  1. Bring A Spare: Know you’re going to do a lot of walking between party stops? Bring a pair of flats to change into during the commute. You can also stuff the flats in your bag and put on your heels once you’ve arrived.
  1. Pick Your Heel Wisely: The higher the heel, the more weight is being forced onto the front of your foot, ankles, and other joints. If you must wear sky-high heels, choose a pair with a platform under the toe box to help decrease the pitch or angle. Also, try choosing a shoe with a wider heel; it gives you more stability while walking to help decrease the likelihood of sustaining an injury.

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