I wore a lot of them
I’m not going to lie, I got the point where I had to take them off and go [gasp!] barefoot just to keep from sitting down and giving up all together!
Ok, give me some credit- the first night I walked over 2 miles in my favorite wedges and one of them literally broke in half on our way to the taxi!
So, as discussing as walking barefoot outside sounds- it was a necessity!
And the result of all this walking?
I mean so painful and swollen I couldn’t even put by favorite old navy flip flops on by the end of the trip!
Being human and not taking well to being uncomfortable, I took action.
I used the whole trip home to research how to battle my wounds, and found some pretty good advice combing the internet!
See below for my tips on how to get as quickly of a recovery but first, here is a before and after shot taken only a day and a half apart;
1.) Get off your feet!
Elevate them as much as possible- the higher the better. This will help tremendously with the swelling. I found a lot of relief keeping my feet up at my desk the last two days, although I had to get clever [ex. using my garbage can] to get them as high as I could! Any time I had to put my feet back down I could feel the swelling pressure return. While I normally stand at my desk, I have made it a point to sit my butt down and let my feet recover!
2.) Show them some love
Message them, moisture them, exfoliate them. The more you pamper your feet the better and they will feel, and quickly!
3.) Stretch em’ out
As soon as I could bare, I started doing toe and Achilles stretches. Heels force your Achilles and calf muscles to contract, which can cause all kinds of soreness in places you wouldn’t expect. Stretching the muscles in your lower extremities will help to alleviate this pain faster. My go-to exercise whenever I am not feeling 100%, and especially when I am sore, is yoga. I fell in love with yoga several years ago for many reasons, and found it to be extremely helpful in maintaining and improving foot strength and flexibility. Having to foot pain? Try some yoga stretches!
4.) Hot and cold mineral soaks
I think this step is both my favorite, and the most effective. While all of the above steps are important, heating and cooling the sore and inflamed muscles will do wonders! I hate cold feet so I only used cool tap water for the cooler soaks, and paired it with a warm Epsom salt soak. I have sworn by Epsom salt for years to help relieve sore muscles, foot muscles can benefit from its wonders as well!
5.) Avoid foods that bloat
For me, as for most, this means avoiding foods that are high in fat and sodium. I am overly sensitive to the foods I eat so if I can reduce the amount of swelling by altering my diet, I’m all for it! Luckily this week I am on a 7 day recovery detox so I’m not having any issues avoiding these foods anyways 🙂
Following the steps above as strictly as possibly, my feet are half the size they were and the blisters are a fraction of the size they got to!
Trust me, I know how gross foot pictures are, but this demonstrates how quickly my feet have healed with a little TLC!
^^Me trying to do yoga today = me fighting the dogs for floor space -_-
Do you have any tricks you swear by to recover from a night in heels?
Happy Hump Day!