New York Fashion Week has sadly come to a close but many of you are no doubt still feeling the pain of wearing heels for the better part of a week. Jennifer Lawrence famously called high heels “Satan shoes” but most women would agree that with beauty comes pain, and high heels are no exception to this rule! The Pedicure Team have come up with the best ways to treat your feet and recover from the ‘High Heel Hangovers’ that are currently plaguing the better part of New York.
Podiatrists agree one of the main reasons high heels cause so much pain is because the design of high heels places so much pressure on the balls of your feet and your toes, which is why after the high heeled marathon of Fashion Week it’s important to stretch out your feet as well as your calves and toes. An easy stretch to relieve pain in the balls of your feet is to place a tennis ball on the floor and massage the bottom of your foot backwards and forwards over it. A great way to stretch your toes out is to curl them backwards and forwards, opening up all the strained muscles and helping to relieve the pain induced by your heels. To stretch out your calves and ankles you can sit on a chair, your bed, or the couch, lift your leg straight up in the air and move your ankles to write words in the air with your feet (Pedicure.com is a good phrase to use).
An amazing way to treat any blisters that have developed over fashion week is Band-Aid Blister Gels; you apply them over the blisters, they naturally detach over a few days, and like magic your blisters are gone!
Wearing high heels for an extended period of time can lead to dry patches of skin developing on your feet, which can get super painful if left untreated. A moisturizer packed with Jojoba oil can help relieve this pain (Jojoba oil has both anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties which is great for post-fash week foot pain). Rubbing in this moisturizer can also serve as a mini-massage for your feet, which will work wonders for your pain relief! A hot bath with Epsom salts is a wonderful way to repair any tissue damage done to your feet after Fashion Week, as the salts contain natural minerals like Magnesium which when absorbed by the skin help the body to build and repair any damaged tissues.
Finally, it’s very important to give your feet a break from those high heels! As gorgeous as they look and as stylish and glam as they make you feel, it’s important to give your feet a rest and wear some flat-soled shoes to prevent any permanent foot damage. Take a leaf out Mary-Kate and Ashley’s book, who styled models at The Row in flat brogues and socks. Comfort++
– Mette Jorgensen