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February 15, 2009

Heal Your Sore Feet

How to heal your sore feet

The best shoes, bags, and jewelry of the season

"I think it's time to move on. Turns out, true love comes in a size 7 1/2 with a four-inch heel."

Shoes, $840, Sergio Rossi.

Photo Credit: Karin Catt

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Seventy-six percent of women suffer from foot conditions - but fashion doesn't have to hurt. Consider these strategies for healthier feet, as you step into spring's sprightly styles.

  • HEELS: Take them off after an hour. Strengthen the overworked small-toe muscles by rolling a golf ball under bare feet and doing heel raises for a few minutes a day. Also, introduce calf stretches to your usual workout.

  • HARD-SOLED SHOES (like Birks): Get gel heel cushions. And, because these soles tend to dry out skin, moisturize daily to prevent cracking.

  • BALLET FLATS: Do calf exercises and add foldable insoles to improve support.

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