The last thing that you want to worry about on your wedding day is your feet. Unfortunately, if you don’t plan ahead, you may find yourself trying to mask foot pain as the night comes to a close. So what can you do to make sure your feet stay supported and pain-free throughout your wedding day (or any other day where you’ll standing and dancing in heels or dress shoes for hours on end)? We’re glad you asked.
Dress Shoes And Comfort
If you know you’re going to be wearing heels or dress shoes for a full day, you’ll want to keep these tips in mind to help ensure pain doesn’t set in throughout your day.
1. Buy Shoes In Person – You never know exactly how well a shoe is going to fit until you try it on, so if you’re going to be wearing those heels all day, make sure you buy them in person so you can try them before you purchase them. If you insist on buying them online, give yourself plenty of time to return them and get a different pair in the event the first set isn’t a perfect fit.
2. Fit During Your Day – If you want to make sure the shoes are the best fit possible, head to the store or try on your shoes during the middle of the day after you’ve done some moving and standing. Our feet tend to expand ever so slightly as the day drags on, so make sure your shoes still have a comfy fit in the afternoon.
3. Pack A Comfy Option – If you’re the bride or one of the bridesmaids, odds are you will be wearing a heel for part of the day. However, that doesn’t mean you need to be stuck in a heel all day. Pack a comfy pair of flats to change into after pictures or before you head out on the dance floor.
4. Supports – If your dress shoes aren’t the comfiest, try to make them a little more bearable by adding a gel insert. Orthotic inserts can help support your shoes and ensure pressure is evenly displaced. These can make a huge difference if you’re going to be in those shoes all night.
5. Pack Care Supplies – It never hurts to pack a small first aid kit in your car or in your purse if you’re going to be wearing high heels or new dress shoes. In the event a blister begins to develop, you can apply a band-aid so the problem doesn’t get worse. It’s better to have a first aid kit and not need it, than need one and not have it.
For more ways to take care of your feet, or to reach out to Dr. Silverman about a foot issue, drop him a line below.
Lance Silverman, MD
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