The Sunday Mail
WEARING a new pair of shoes is almost always a painful experience. Here are some sole-saving tips that will keep your feet healthy and happy.
This is perhaps the most common and obvious solution to the problem, but it works just fine. Applying adhesive bandages to your trouble spots before you leave the house will reduce friction and prevent blisters from forming on your feet. This trick is especially useful when wearing high-heeled shoes. Remember that the surface of the adhesive bandage must be larger than the affected area, in order for it to stay in place.
A great way to reduce friction between your feet and your shoes is to use baby powder. Just sprinkle some baby powder in your pumps before you put them on. It also works well if you don’t wear socks with your shoes. However, in this case, you will need to ensure that your feet are completely dry.
Hair dryer and thick socks
Just put on a pair of thick socks and put your feet in your favorite shoes. Then take a hair dryer and run it over the tight parts of your shoes until they feel a little better. Then walk around in the shoes a bit and wear them until they cool down completely. Repeat the procedure if necessary. The material from which the shoes are made will expand under the effect of heat and become more flexible and softer. The trick only works with natural materials like leather.
The lateral part of your foot, the heel bone and the toes are the areas that suffer the most when you put on your newly purchased heels or flats. To reduce friction between your feet and your shoes, apply a roll-on or stick deodorant to problem areas.
You can buy silicone insoles at shoe stores and orthopedic stores. There are two types: full length insoles which protect the entire sole and half insoles which are only used under the toes or heel. So you can choose the insoles that suit your needs.
plastic bag with water
Fill two plastic bags with water and place them in the tip of each shoe. Then put them in the freezer and let them rest overnight. As the water freezes, it expands in the bag and stretches the shoe. When you take your pumps out the next day, you will notice that they have become wider.
Silicone heel inserts
To avoid chafing and prevent blisters from forming on your heels, use special silicone pads that you can buy at any shoe store or online.
Stick the third and fourth toes together
It may sound strange, but if you stick your third and fourth toes (starting from the big toe) together, you’ll feel much more comfortable in your push-ups.
Give your feet a little break
If you wear stilettos to work every day, it’s a good idea to keep a pair of comfortable flats and slippers at your desk. Make sure to let your legs relax. For example, take off your heels and put on slippers when sitting at your desk.
A wedge is a perfect alternative to a high heel
If wearing high heels every day is torture for you, or if your new pumps are causing you a lot of pain and discomfort, then you might want to watch out for wedges. They are much easier to walk on and they are more stable. – Son.