How Women Can Alleviate High-Heel Pain

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 04/10/2014 | 04:00 PM EDT

Fashion hurts, but thankfully there are tips to help you live to walk another day

Any woman who’s rocked a pair of high-heels can attest to the excruciating pain it ultimately brings when you wear them for too long. While there’s no true way of avoiding it, there are some tips you can use to alleviate the pain.

On the new “OWN Show” web series, yoga and fitness therapy expert Jill Miller dropped some knowledge on why wearing heels can lead to soreness, irritation and back aching and, more importantly, how you can find a little comfort.

"Most footwear is compressive on the foot bone and the heel is elevated," Miller said. "Those two things combined create a lot of pressure in the bones and the soft tissues of the foot."


Your feet are your foundation and set the stage for how the rest of your body feels. Miller says women should make sure to walk with their toes pointed inward rather than outward, which can make a big difference in feeling better at the end of the day. She also provides a cool trick for fashionistas who don't want to give up their stilletos.

"You want to treat your feet if you're going to wear high heel or compressive footwear," she says. "One thing you can do is get a squishy ball like a yoga tune-up ball or a tennis ball or racquetball -- something that has give and squish, not something hard. You can place it underneath the arch of your foot or anywhere on the underside of your foot and simply move your foot from side to side. It's like you're trying to spread the ball apart."

Exercising the foot like this can help restore it to its more natural, comfortable state. "The plantar fascia and the bones within your feet, they'll get to spread and resume their wide position instead of their squished, tight, miserable position," Miller explains.

Watch the exercise in the video below:

(Photo: Jim Arbogast/GettyImages)

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