How to Deal With Aching Feet When You Have to Walk a Lot

Photo by  Jaclyn Moy  on  Unsplash

Photo by Jaclyn Moy on Unsplash

This summer, a listener wrote in with a conundrum. She had just moved to New York City, and by the weekends when she has enough time to explore the city, her dogs are barking from the hustle and bustle of the workweek. What’s a city dweller to do? Plenty of listeners wrote in with advice for how to prevent foot pain. Here are some of their recommendations.

Thanks to Vanessa, Lindsey, Janice and Jamie for submitting their tips!

  • Only buy real leather or suede shoes that have an inner lining that’s also breathable. Consider stretching leather shoes with stretch spray. “Spray inside your shoe and walk around your apartment. Do it a couple of times. Your shoes will stretch to your foot.”

  • Use moleskin for the back of sneakers, boots or shoes that rub and give you blisters. Band-Aid sells a “blister block” balm in a deodorant stick. Apply to heels in the morning and take in your work bag. 

  • Ariat, Bjorn, Mexicana, Frye, Sketchers, Ugg (the ones with sculpted fleece lined footbeds, i.e. waterproof with arch support), Sorel, Russell, Bromley, M.M. LaFleur and Cole Haan.

  • Try wool socks, which wick sweat better than cotton—it can reduct the amount of rubbing on sensitive spots.

  • Don’t wear the same pair for days on end. Switch it up every day or two. 

  • If you have flat feet, look for arch inserts and do foot arch exercises like picking up a pencil with your toes. 

  • If you have high arches, look for shoes with a heel of an inch or so to keep you from putting all your weight on your heels. Consider arch inserts, which can cost up to $100.

  • If your pain persists, see a podiatrist if you can.