Help for High Heel Pain

High heels are high fashion. But the pain they can cause isn't pretty.

One woman says, "You're walking in your heels and you're ah ah ah."

Another adds, "I find them hard to walk in."

And a third told us, "It's on the balls of your feet and it stings."

Makers of shoe insoles claim their product can help "prevent foot aches and pains, guaranteed" or provide "all-day comfort" and "cushion the entire foot area." So Consumer Reports ShopSmart put shoe insoles to the test, checking out four that cost $8 - $13.

To test, 14 women tried each of the insoles in a pair of her shoes that had at least two and a half inch heels … with some as high as four.

"The women did a lot of walking for this test. Each did a total of almost five and a half miles!"

So what were the results? Not great for Dr. Scholl's For Her High Heel Insoles and Insolia High Heel Inserts.

"My shoes didn't feel any more comfortable than they did without them."

Foot Pedals Killer Kushionz did make shoes feel a little more comfortable. But the package says they're "not recommended to remove and reuse." Turns out the adhesive damaged some of the shoes.

Desiree Ferenczi says, "The whole lining is torn out and it looks really yucky now. It's not a nice shoe."

As for these Fab Feet Three-Quarter Insoles from Target, they also made shoes a little more comfortable, but were easier to remove - although most of the women thought none of the insoles were worth the money.

When it comes to comfortable shoes, Consumer Reports ShopSmart says a big problem is people often buy shoes that are too small, choosing the size they've always worn.

But your feet change, so it's important to get them measured each time you shop for shoes. A good-fitting pair should have a pinkie's width between the end of your toes and the tip of your shoe.


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