Festive season is here, which means you will end up spending hours together in those heels. Not that you have to wear heels, but if you are anything like us then we are guessing you will want to! Well, if you don’t have a foot massager waiting for you when you go back home, then here are some simple hacks to protect your feet from the wrath of those heels.

Here are some things you can do to protect your feet from their after-effects of wearing those heels…

Foot exercises

Include a few exercises to strengthen your feet in your daily workout. Stronger feet mean less change of any long-term damage. The exercises will also make wearing heels more bearable.
The foot roll exercise is a good option. Rolling your feet on something stimulates the pressure points in your feet and relieves foot aches.

Take a small, hard ball and put it under your foot. Stand near a wall for balance. Roll the ball up and down your foot. Roll for 30 seconds per foot. Do it daily for a week before you wear heels.
Pick the right heels
 

Pick the right heels

Picking out the wrong shoe is a disaster for your feet. Your shoe should not put too much pressure on the ball of your foot which is what most heels do. If you aren’t in the habit of wearing stilettoes, please go for an alternative like pentagon heels. Wedges or block heels look trendy too.

Choose shoes that are wide enough and do not cramp your toes. If you consistently wear heels without enough space, it’s going to cause you pain.

Once you are back home after a day out wearing heels, do these 2 simple things to alleviate sore feet.

Soak your feet
 

Soak your feet

A mineral foot soak is precisely what you need after wearing heels for hours. Make a soak of Epsom salts and lavender essential oil. Lavender oil has a numbing effect which makes it an excellent natural remedy for aching muscles. Epsom salts on the other hand contains magnesium and sulphate making it a natural exfoliant. It also has anti-inflammation properties that help treat sore muscles.

In a tub filled with warm water add ¼ cup of Epsom salts and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Soak your feet in it for 30-40 minutes for a relaxing effect.

Wear flats or sneakers
 

Wear flats or sneakers

Give your feet some rest after wearing heels by wearing flats or sneakers for a few days post the festivity. When you are wearing heels, the balls of your feet take the most pressure which could cause the ligaments to tear on the bottom of the foot. If give your feet time to repair this damage wear socks and sneakers or flip fops. Keeping feet moisturised helps too.