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February 15, 2009

Heal Your Sore Feet

How to heal your sore feet

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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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