High heels are a vital part of every diva’s wardrobe. For many women, shoes that look “so cute!” can turn out to cause ugly foot problems and pain. Blisters, corns, calluses, aching feet, and even back pain can all result from high heels. Fortunately, the American Podiatric Medical Association offers tips for wearing the shoes that you love without misery.

The first step is selecting the right size high heel shoe for your foot. Sizes can vary by brand, so try the shoe on before you buy it and take it home. Make sure to check the size while you are sitting and standing. There should be ½” of space beyond your big toe. Heel height should be no more than 4 to 5 cm’s (2 inches maximum).

To reduce the amount of strain on your feet, save high heels for your “A-List” events. Walk slowly and take small steps, as if gliding across the room. Finally, after wearing high heels, pamper your feet. Stretch and exercise your calf muscles. Relax with a moisturizing foot massage. With these simple steps, it is possible to wear glamorous high heels and have healthy happy feet.