Just about anyone who’s ever worn high heels knows how annoying and painful it can be to get blisters and bruising from wearing high heels.
High heels look great and are often expected for formal events and white-collar jobs, so how do people avoid having their feet damaged?
Many women tape their feet, but what’s the best way to do this?
Is there a sure-fire method that everyone wearing heels should swear by?
There are plenty of quick fixes out there, but one age-old method that’s been used for almost as long as high heels have existed is tape. It might seem weird, but it actually works very well and reduces the risk of injuries.
A trend recently exploded over the internet of women who found that taping their third and fourth toe (counting down from their big toe) together alleviated most of the pain from wearing high heels, allowing them to dance, run and stand for long periods of time with ease, also making it look a lot less awkward while walking.
The reasoning behind taping the toes together had to do with nerves in the feet, specifically one that splits between both these toes. Taping the toes together reduces the amount of pressure and strain on your feet, making wearing high heels easier throughout the day.
Many people also use regular over-the-counter band-aids before wearing high heels, using them to cover up the places where they normally get blisters while walking so that it reduces the risk of getting any new injuries.
Thicker medical grade tape can be used to cover pre-existing blisters and scars.
Before taping over blisters, it’s best to consult your doctor first, who may be able to recommend better bandages and even in some cases, gauze.
Some people will opt to tape together all five of their toes on both feet, but this can make balancing difficult while walking, and make it easier to trip and fall, causing injuries such as twisted ankles. For this reason, it’s best to tape only the third and fourth toes together.
Always take off any tape or bandages from your feet every night, even if you have blisters, and then you can put new tape on in the morning. This is very important because it reduces the risk of infection and bacteria. An infection can make blisters even worse and even require hospital treatment, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Medical-grade tape or scotch tape is the best kind to use. You can buy this at most pharmacies, supermarkets, and craft stores.
Very heavy tapes like duct tape are known to cause skin damage and circulation problems during wear, and lighter tapes like masking tape will gradually peel off through the day, bringing back foot pain.
One type of tape that some people have adopted for use with high heels is ballet tape. Like high heel shoes, ballet slippers pinch toes together and are notorious for causing blisters, bunions and other painful foot injuries. That is where Ballet got its ruthless reputation.
That’s why many ballerinas use special toe tape to prevent injuries, and it’s available at many online dance stores, dance academies, and athletic shops.
Each type of tape varies in price, with the cheapest being scotch tape and the most effective being medical tape or ballet tape.
All three tape stocks are known to work quite well, so it’s entirely up to you.You can also try buying one of each type, and use each one to get a feel for the kind that you prefer the most. If you have blisters already on your feet, it’s best to not cover these with regular scotch tape, but scotch tape is still very effective when taping toes together.
It’s always very important to apply tape firmly, but not too tightly, because it can cut off circulation and damage bones in your feet, making it difficult to walk.
Another thing that helps if you’re new to wearing heels, is to practice walking in them casually with the tape on your feet before going to work, school or any formal function.
This will make it much easier to walk later on, because you’ll be used to the tape and it won’t feel so strange.