Teen Vogue - A Guide to Taking Care of Your Feet the Right Way

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A Guide to Taking Care of Your Feet the Right Way

Because they deserve some tender loving care.

BY SARA RADIN

SEPTEMBER 16, 2019

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During fashion month, everyone involved — editors, influencers, those working on the shows — winds up spending a lot of time on their feet. I mean, running from show to show while making sure you look good from head to toe is no easy feat. You’re dealing with incredibly painful blisters and aching soles and arches from too much walking around in heels. With fashion month (and fall) just beginning, we decided that now is as good a time as ever to stop putting up with the pain and give your feet the TLC they deserve.

What are blisters, and how do you get them?

“Blisters are basically a pocket of fluid between the upper layers of skin,” says Sejal Shah, M.D., a dermatologist based in New York City. “The most common causes are friction, a burn [thermal or chemical], freezing, and infection.”

According to Suzanne Levine, a podiatrist based in New York City, you want to limit the amount of contact your feet (bare and otherwise) have with your shoes. When there’s enough friction, it can cause inflammation, which means the skin cells separate from each other and painful blisters can develop. It’s natural to want to buy new shoes each season (who doesn’t love buying new boots for fall?!), but blisters are more likely to develop when shoes are new because the material is more stiff, which can end up causing more friction.

“When purchasing any shoe or sneaker, it should fit in the store. It should not have to be broken in,” says Levine. “You definitely want to make sure they fit by checking the width and length. There should be about a finger’s width of space in front of your longest toe.” Remember: If the shoe doesn’t fit or feel good, just don’t wear it!”

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