Our feet are probably the most “abused” part of our body. According to a survey conducted by Save Our Soles SG, a final-year project by a group of Nanyang Technological University students, 35.2% of women would still wear heels for the entire day despite pain and discomfort, and 67% shared that they were unsure of proper feet care methods.
While we may not be able to give up on heels just yet – respondents in the survey think that heels make a woman more attractive (80%) and look more professional (76.1%) – but this doesn’t mean we can’t care for our feet so they hurt less.
Here are some tips from Save Our Soles SG in collaboration with Podiatry Association (Singapore):
1. It’s a mistake to think that you need to “break into” new shoes: Your shoes should feel comfortable when you were trying them at the store. If they don’t fit well, keep looking – they just aren’t right for you!
2. Expensive shoes may not necessarily be better: Shoes from designer labels may be manufactured with better quality materials but may not always be designed for comfort. Wearing shoes with designs and height that aren’t comfortable for you can still cause you health problems in the long run, no matter how expensive they are.
3. Don’t go straight to going barefoot or flats after wearing heels for extended period: The idea of going barefoot right away to ease the pain off heels-wearing may not be a good idea. Wearing heels shortens the Achilles tendon, which stretch suddenly when we wear flats or go barefoot. This can cause more pain and harm. Instead, change heel height progressively if you’re used to wearing high heels to ease the muscle.
Products that care for your feet
Constant friction from tight shoes can cause dry skin, and even give us calluses and corns. Just like how you take care of your skin, you should give your feet some TLC too. This means, to use an exfoliant or file to remove calluses, massage tired feet, and moisturise them. Here are some products that can help:
1. Margaret Dabbs London The Professional Foot file
This has compressed crystal pads fitted onto stainless steel to help smooth away calloused skin. It’s easy-to-clean so it’s very hygienic, and it definitely helps that it looks very sleek. It retails at USD19 at Net-a-Porter.
2. Reverence de Bastien Black Diamond Scrub Foot Exfoliant
This spa-grade product helps you relax and pampers you after a long, tired day. Formulated with Black Diamond, Mother of Pearl and Black Volcanic Sand granules, this luxurious exfoliant scrubs away dead skin cells. It also contains essential oils to relax your feet and leave nice fragrance. This product can also be used on dry hands, elbows, and knees. It retails at USD102 at Net-a-Porter.
3. Just Herbs Pedisoft Calendula-Peppermint Crack Cure Foot Cream
This is an Ayurvedic blend that helps recondition chapped feet so it can become soft again. It is formulated with natural extracts such as Indian Frankincense, Fenugreek and Sal tree to moisturise and refresh tired feet. It retails at SGD17 and is available at Sephora.
4. Sephora Collection Foot Mask
This sock-masks nourish feet and hydrate them. Go for the Lavender Foot Mask if you’re looking for something soothing and refreshing to help relieve fatigue, and try the Almond Foot Mask if you need something to soften rough and dry skin on the feet. They retail at SGD6 each at Sephora.