The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

Reduce Foot Pain From High Heels With These Podiatrist Recommendations

Posted by on Monday, November 19th, 2018


Podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine understand the love-hate relationship you likely have with your favorite pair of high-heel shoes. You love them because they complete your outfit but you hate them because, by the end of the day, your feet are begging you to take them off. We also understand that there are times when you wear high heels, even through the pain. While we can’t promise ways to eliminate pain from wearing high heels, here we offer tips for reducing foot pain from high heels.

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While we can’t promise ways to eliminate pain from wearing high heels, here we offer tips for reducing foot pain from high heels. [Image Source:]

A Few of the Most Comfortable High Heel Shoes

Try one of the following comfortable high heel shoes:

  • Söfft Inez Wedge Sandals ($40) – With wide straps to stabilize the ankle and a cushy wedge-style base, these shoes will keep you from teetering as you walk and provide a soft step.
  • Aerosoles Shore Thing ($40) – The weight distribution in these pumps is ideal. Thanks to Heel Rest technology, these shoes alleviate the burden from the forefoot and prevents nerve irritation near the toes.
  • Calvin Klein Genoveva Pump ($100) – This is a great alternative to a ballet flat — with a similar look, but the addition of a wide, low heel. Available in wedding white, the elevation of 1.5 inches is podiatrist-approved!
  • Clarks Rosalyn Wren Mary Jane Pump ($100) – The extra strap holds these shoes on compared to pumps. The OrthoLite insole, cap toe, and 1.5-inch heel promise comfort. The block style and rubber sole prevent falls.
  • Toni Pons Lidia T-Strap Espadrille Wedge ($145) – With 1970s style, these platform wedges give you the height, without the strain on the forefoot. Treads on the bottom of the shoe prevent slippage while you dance.
  • UGG Ava Boot ($250) – Suede isn’t the best material for winters in NYC, but the Ava boot makes a great fall and dry weather boot, with stretchy material that accommodates foot swelling and a memory foam cushioned footbed.

Tips for Reducing Foot Pain From High Heels

Much of the worst afflictions associated with high heel shoes—neuromas, blisters, corns, bunions, and abrasions—can be avoided by following a classic trick of royalty and going up a size, retrofitting with extra padding for comfort. It’s also wise to opt for “kitten” heels or “platform” heels as much as possible to avoid putting your foot at a distorted angle. Look for shoes with cushioning in the forefoot, and alternate footwear to avoid “hot spots.” If you like wearing strappy shoes, be sure to place padding on the underside, and adjust your shoe as the day wears on and your feet swell.

Most importantly, limit the amount of time spent in one shoe. If you wear heels for more than two hours straight, your feet are going to start hurting, no matter how great your shoes are. When you’re out of your heels, focus on high heel recovery. Roll a golf ball or frozen water bottle beneath your arches. Soak your feet in Epsom Salt and moisturize. Stretch and foam-roll your calves. Spread your toes out by using them to pick up towels or marbles.

See an NYC Podiatrist About Foot Pain From High Heels

If you suffer from any malady of the foot or ankle related to your high heel shoes, do not delay in contacting an NYC podiatrist for proper care. We’ll never judge you for your love of heels. We love them too! Rather, we can help you reduce foot pain from high heels. Should you desire customized footwear recommendations based on your foot type (be it pronation, supination, flat foot, high arch, etc.), we are happy to give tailored advice. Contact us today!


If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.