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How to Prevent Blisters when Wearing High Heels

Studies show that 7% of adults over the age of 18 get blisters every year.  In our Seattle foot clinic we see an even higher rate in women who often wear high heels. The good news is that blisters don’t have to become a big problem. Even in dress shoes, we have found some great ways to prevent blister problems.

Since heel shoes increase the pressure on the ball of the foot, leading to more blisters, a high heel orthotic can reduce this pressure and transfers it away from the area. This increases comfort and decreases leg and back pain, as well as fatigue, because the body has improved alignment.

The Women’s Dress Slimfit Insoles is the best OTC arch support orthotic we have found for high heels with a closed heel and for boots. For slingback (backless) high heels, the McConnel Slimfit Insoles has an adhesive bottom that allows it to easily fit on high heels and dressy sandals.

Another ways to prevent blisters is to use blister prevention patches. These easily fit into a small purse or wallet. They fit directly on the shoe to prevent painful rubbing on the skin. They are sweat proof, made of extremely low friction material, and can be applied anywhere a blister might appear.

If you already have a blister or if rubbing, pressure, or friction are causing discomfort, try gel pads for irritated skin. These can be used multiple times directly on skin and blisters, and wash clean with soap and water. The sheets are made to be cut into smaller, discreet sizes that can be worn in with high heels.

Find more blister prevention and treatment tips here.

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