Frequent Heel Pain After Using High Heels? Do this to relieve it

The beauty of high heels can make your whole style more fashionable. Not surprisingly, many women use high heels or high heels of various styles to complement their personal style. However, the beauty of high heels sometimes has to pay for the pain after wearing them all day.

The higher your heels, the greater the effect of the pain. Under normal conditions, your feet work like springs to reduce the pressure created by your body weight and also provide support for the bones. When using high heels, almost all of the weight of the body will be supported by the front foot, the toes of the foot. According to research, the effect of stiletto heels or shoes with thin and pointed heels that have a 10 cm high heel can increase the pressure on the front foot by up to 30 percent.

The high heel of the shoe makes your steps shorter than normal. If you are persistent and accustomed to short strides caused by heels, the bones and nerves of your feet can be damaged.

Not only additional pressure and damage to bones and nerves, heels can also cause swelling of the ankles. Swelling occurs due to pressure on the blood vessels so that blood circulation is obstructed. The swelling and pain, the more difficult it will be for you to walk.

After a day of wearing high heels and enduring the pain, it’s time to take off your shoes to be a moment of relief. But sometimes the pain doesn’t go away even though your feet are free from high heels. No need to worry, there are various ways that you can do to relieve pain in the heels and feet due to the use of high heels, such as the following:


To reduce pain in the big toe and heel due to high heels, you first need to stretch. Do the stretch in a sitting position, then stretch your legs forward. After that, bend over your body while grabbing the soles of your feet with both hands. Hold that position for ten seconds. Next, bend your left leg towards your chest, hold it for one minute. Do it alternately with the right leg until the pain is reduced.

For the next movement, you need to stand up and then try to rotate the ankle alternately clockwise and counterclockwise. This movement helps blood circulation to be smooth and relieves swelling in the feet.

Soak your feet

A solution of Epsom salt in warm water can reduce pain, including heel pain from wearing high heels. Soak your feet in this solution for about 20 minutes. Epsom salt is a magnesium and sulfate mineral that is easily absorbed by the skin. The magnesium content can relieve inflammation and cramps in your feet. In addition, warm water is useful for dilating blood vessels so that blood circulation becomes smooth and swelling is reduced. Not only dealing with pain, this bath can also make you more relaxed after a long day of activities.

Massage the feet

The massage method is widely popular as a way to relieve pain or soreness in all parts of the body, including the heels and feet. In order to feel the effect more, you can see a therapist. However, you can also do it yourself at home. If done correctly, foot massage will improve blood circulation, reduce lymphatic swelling, and relieve minor injuries due to the use of high heels.

ESWT therapy


If heel and foot pain does not go away after doing the methods above and it increasingly interferes with your activities, immediately see the nearest doctor and hospital for further treatment. Apart from providing foot pain medication, some hospitals recommend Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT). This therapy relies on shock waves (shockwave) so that no injections or incisions are required. Come immediately to the EMC Hospital to get ESWT therapy if the pain in the feet and heels doesn’t go away.

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