Do High Heel Hacks Actually Help Ease Foot Pain?

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Jun 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM

red_high_heelsDo you have a love-hate relationship with high heel shoes? How much pain would even the prettiest, trendiest, just-have-to-have high heels have to cause you in order to ditch them for good? For many women, they are a necessary evil; for others they aren’t willing to sacrifice style for comfort. But do you have to? One woman wanted to find out for sure. Chelsea Marshall, a Buzzfeed Staff Writer, put popular hacks to the test to help her foot pain caused by high heels. Find out what she tried and what did (or did not!) work.

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I Tried Four Hacks To Make High Heels Suck Less And Here’s What Actually Works

There must be a way to make heels more bearable, right? Well, I’ve read a ton of hacks, and I decided to put the top ones to the ultimate test. Here is my journey.

Here are my go-to dressin’ up heels that I will be using for this ~experiment~.

You may notice the green-brown stain on the back of the heels. It’s from trying to covertly sink into the grass at weddings where I desperately needed to take the shoes off. What can I say? I’m a classy and refined guest who belongs in only the classiest and most refined establishments. PS: You’re welcome for that ~super classy~ hack.

  1. I will try a new heel hack every day of the workweek for one week, starting with a no-hack day as my control.
  2. I will wear the same pair of heels for each hack.
  3. I will stand as long as possible in the heels throughout the day and record the time spent in them
  4. I will try not to cry as I force my feet into these chambers of doom.

No hack, as my “control.”

Total flights of stairs climbed: 8
Time standing: 2 hours
Total time wearing the shoes: 4 hours

Overall thoughts: I lasted longer than I thought but I wouldn’t call it pleasant. My feet hurt and I was really thankful to put on flats, as per usual.

  1. Hack:These weird toe dividers.

Cost: $11.30
Method: Slip ‘em on your feet so your toes are separated.

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High heel shoes can be fine in moderation, but if they are causing you significant foot pain and foot problems, it’s time to consider some kitten heels or other type of foot wear. High heels can aggravate problems such as bunions, hammertoes, flat feet, heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, ankle sprain, and even contribute to pain in your knees, hips, back, and neck.

If you do suffer from chronic foot pain when wearing high heels, the best thing you can do is stop wearing them, and find shoes with better support and stability. But, the realistic thing you can do is not wear high heels all the time, and instead alternate the types of footwear you’re wearing.

If you do have foot problems aggravated or made worse by high heels, contact a podiatrist in New York at Adler Footcare for a free consultation. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: Foot Care, foot pain, footwear