Ifyou want to avoid the aching-feet-barefoot-walk-home, include some foot prep in your get-ready routine. A pair of orthotics will fit discreetly into your heels and take pressure off the ball, arch and heel ofyour foot. An orthotic repositions your foot, so your feet, ankles and legs can function as they should. Not only will your posture improve, but so too will your ability to walk in heels! W WF loves: Footlogics orthotics, $21.95, footlogics-shop.com.au
Walk barefoot when you can after you’ve been wearing heels, especially on grass as it absorbs impact rather than transferring it through your foot, and your toes are able to spread naturally. “This helps to strengthen and stretch the muscles, tendons and ligaments in your feet, ankles and calves which, in turn, prevents or relieves knee strain and back problems,” explains Brewer.
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On average, it takes just one hour and seven minutes for a woman to kick off her heels due to foot pain, suggests a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. For extra comfort, try an insert to absorb some of the impact as you walk and stop your toes clawing onto your shoes for support.
V WF loves: Hollywood Feet Secret Gel Cushions, $10.95, hollywoodfashiontape.com.au
TACKLE HARD SKIN
When your feet are under pressure, your body produces keratin to protect the foot. This stimulates the production of skin cells, so corns, callouses and hard skin can develop. Use a foot pumice in the shower once a week, concentrating on any dry, hard areas to lift dead skin. Follow up with a nourishing moisturiser for extra softness.
WF loves: Manicare mousse pumice, $7.65, manicare.com.au
That burning sensation in the balls of your feet after wearing heels? It’s caused by inflamed soft tissue around the joint and strain on the metatarsal bones.
Soak your feet in warm water with a cup of added soda crystals for 10 minutes before going to bed – especially if you’ve been dancing. “This will soothe the ligaments and muscles in your feet and avoid pain the next day,” says Brewer.
VWF loves: Bexters Soda Crystals, $4.99, bexters.com.au
Exercises : 1 ROLL OUT YOUR : 2 STRETCHYOUR FEET 3 DIY FOOT MASSAGE
ARCHES Sit on the floor with your Sit on a chair and rest one foot that heal Prep your tootsies for stiletto season with this mini foot workout Invest in a pedi roller and use it to help improve circulation in the foot and prevent heel and arch pain. Keep the roller at work or in your living room to use while you watch TV. legs in front of you. Wrap an exercise band around the ball of yourfoot, holding bothends. Pull it towards you until you feel the stretch. Hold for 30 seconds, then repeat three times on each foot. on the other knee. Hold your foot with one hand, and thread your fingers between your toes, creating space between each toe. Rotate your ankle both ways, then repeat on the other foot.
THE LIVER CLEANSER
Your poor liver has taken a bit of a beating – show it some love with milk thistle, which is known to support liver health and function. Healthy detoxification (and a good dose of antioxidants), here you come. Bioglan Bio Happy Liver Detox, $31.95, bioglan.com.au
THE STOMACH SOOTHER
Probiotics will sort your digestion right out if your stomach is in knots, which is likely if you hit the booze a little too hard and followed it with a dodgy 2am kebab. Oops. BioCeuticals UltraBiotic 45, $99.95, bioceuticals.com.au
Kick that morning-after feeling to the kerb night’s antics have left you with a headache and all-over sluggish feels, these natural remedies will get you feeling fresh again.
IT’S HAPPENED. The damage has been done. But it’s a new day and it’s not too late to get back on the straight and narrow.